1994 Essay

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One of the most resounding message from this linguistics course is that language is never constant. The English language derived from many languages such as Germanic, Latin, French and Greek. Even nowadays the language is still changing. I was born in the 1994. Amazon was founded in this year, Warped Tour was first conceived, the pop sensation Justin Bieber was born and Forrest Gump was released. Additionally, there are sixty-seven entries of words first recorded in 1994. For this pattern I chose fifty words. One major pattern that I noticed in 1994 is that there were a lot of computic words and words related to technology. I believe one of the reasons that this happened was because in 1994 JPEG , images on the web, started appearing. Another category that I noticed is music related words, slang words, cosmetic, drugs and proprietary names.
The words that were related to technology were dot.com,dot.org, e-cash,e-zine, Infobahn, mouse over,MP3,screenager, spammer, spamming, telnetable, text message, webmeister, webmistress,webzine, 1471, cybershopper, cybershot, cyber cafe artilect,flexecutive. In total, twenty-one words were related to technology out of the sixty seven, which accounts for thirty-one percent of words first recorded in 1994. Some of these words are in pairs, such as webmeister which means a master of the web, and webmistress which is the female form of webmeister. Webmeister also is a combination of two words, web and master. The spelling changed a little bit for the male word but in general there was no morphological change so the word kept its transparency. The same can be said with webmistress. Dotcom and dot-org are similar because their definitions both refer to an internet address. Dotcom refers to a commercial site while dot-org refers to typically non-commercial and more so having to do with organizations. E-cash and e-zine both use the “e” as a shortening of electronic. With e-cash, the e is combined with cash to mean a transfer done online. With e-zine, zine is a clipping from the word magazine which is then combined with e to mean an electronic magazine. There were also three words that used the noun prefix, cyber. The prefix cyber relates to the internet, computers and technology. Cybershop, the online marketplace appeared at the same time as cybershopper, the person who is does the online shopping. It is interesting to note that this could strongly correlate with the fact that pictures were now available in the internet, therefore, customers were able to see browse through web pages and determine if they wanted a product because real-life visuals were now available. Cybercafe was the last of these cyber words, this was a prefix combined with cafe to mean a cafe online.
Text message was another word that was introduced in 1994. Nowadays, it is a much more commonly done action. Along with the internet, just like any innovation, there came weaknesses. The word, spam and spammer both refer to the person who sends, and...

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