Whether you wring your hands in horror at txtspk or LOL at its space-saving ingenuity, there’s no getting away from the fact that the English language evolves and changes before our very eyes and ears.
The British Library is curating and hosting a far-reaching new exhibition on the English language that takes in everything from Anglo-Saxon runes to txt speak, via dropped Hs and BBC pronunciation guides.
Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices will be at the British Library from mid-November through to April. See you there (good spot, Jayne B). There’s more at http://www.bl.uk/news/2010/pressrelease20100818.html