English’s Elasticity

Caro Speak Up, ho pensato a una parola per descrivere il 2017, ma non è facile. Mentre sono ancora indecisa, mi sono resa conto che l’inglese sembra più aperto ad accettare parole nuove rispetto ad altre lingue, sia che si tratti di parole straniere sia di parole totalmente inventate. Addirittura gli emoji! C’è una ragione per questo?

You’re absolutely right, Silvia. English seems to actively embrace new words rather than seeing them as a threat to the purity of the language. There is no institution in the English language equivalent of the Accademia della Crusca, for example. Historically, I think this relaxed attitude comes from English being such a hybrid of different languages already: Anglo Saxon, Latin, French etc. Now, given that it is such a huge global language, English speakers know that having some fun with their language won’t damage it.
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