Feature: Language

| May 2008

As times change, so does language

By Wendell Anderson

It seems like it must have been in the spring of 1965 when all mothers disappeared and became 'moms.'

Before that, at least in St. Paul, Minn. - where I grew up in the 1950s and '60s - female parents were called 'Mother,' 'Ma' or sometimes 'Mama.' I don't recall hearing 'mom' very often.

Now, it seems that 'mom' has replaced all other words.

Such changes are common. Words and phrases are constantly emerging, vanishing and changing in English. It's entertaining to pause and take a quick look at some ways our language is changing.

Here to stay

Only time will tell which new words will stick around. The following have, even though they were coined not so long ago:

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