The letter below was submitted for possible publication in The Australian on Wednesday 10 December 2014 but, alas, it did not make it into print.
John Riley (Letters, 9/12) registers his dismay at one aspect of language change, the process by which some words which have hitherto functioned only as nouns are now used also as verbs.
To underline his argument, he wonders how long it will be before the neologism camerise appears. But of course we have long used the associated word photograph as both noun and verb as well as in an adjectival function in a phrase like a photograph album.
Rather than portending the end of civilization as we know it, I suggest this sort of flexibility with vocabulary in fact enriches the language.
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)
Atherton SHS Presents
Atherton State High School Presents will be the first activity for the Townsville Branch in 2019. The program is designed to share experiences and practical advice relating to the different contexts of English. Full details are available here. Where: Pimlico SHS When: Saturday 16 February, 2019 Time: AGM - 8:30, first sess...
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