In a blog post I read recently, the author says that she was ‘tempted to Instagram the image on the way out’ (to Instagram).
I’ve also come across expressions like:
‘I must Facebook my friends’ or ‘Facebook me a message’ (to Facebook).
‘Snapchat me!’ (to Snapchat).
‘I’ve been emojied’ (to emoji).
I must Google it to find the information (to Google).
I notice too that Oxford University Press has declared ‘hashtag’ as the Children’s Word of the Year. Over 100,000 short stories written by children aged between five and 13 years old have been analysed and a new arrival in children’s sentences has been found. The use of the hashtag (#) symbol to add extra meaning or comment at the end of the sentence is now commonplace #getwithit!
The English language is forever developing and moving forward. This appears to be another example of how influential social media has become in our lives, especially in the younger generation who are growing up with this and who have no concept of life without social media.
Phones and other mobile devices are taking over from TVs. We are constantly ‘on the go’ and we seem to have a desire to be kept up to date instantly.
Slow down world, please. I need to keep up with you. Don’t leave me behind!