Language evolves overtime. Just read an old Shakespeare play to see how much language has changed in the last 400+ years.
To this day, language continues to evolve. New words are added to our vocabulary all of the time, while other words fade into the past.
There are countless scholars and researchers focused solely on the evolution of language – where it’s been, where it’s headed, and what it all means.
Dictionaries must keep up and continually update their pages to reflect the latest language a society depends on.
Arguably, Webster’s dictionary isn’t nearly as up to date on the latest lingo as urbandictionary.com, which is essentially an online database of the newest slang. While it’s easily one of the most complete dictionaries in the world, it’s also full of complete nonsense – fun to read nonsense, but still, nonsense.
Nonsense aside, this list contains the best and brightest new words that should absolutely be added to official dictionaries everywhere – I’m just wondering where some of these words have been all my life?!
Chances are, you’ll find some new words on this list to add to your personal vocabulary bank.
You’ll notice many words on this list are portmanteaus, that means they are the combination of two different words to make up a new word.
Some may sound silly, but many of the words we use every day were formed in the same manner. For instance, smoke is smoke + fog, and brunch is breakfast + lunch.
Fact: Human language is made up of arbitrary sounds and signs that represent specific words, which can be learned, invented and infinitely combined within grammatical structures.
Language offers humans an extraordinary system of communication that developed, somewhat mysteriously, many centuries ago.
Unlike apes and other animals, humans have fine-control over our vocal tracts.
According to Bridget Alex via discovermagazine.com: “Humans have direct connections between the neurons controlling our voice box and the motor cortex, the region of our brain responsible for voluntary movements.”
While chimps have a limited set of calls and gestures to communicate the most important matters, such as food and danger, humans communicate for the sake of communicating. We have the vocabulary to spend hours on end conversing about the simplest, or most complex, of matters.
“Chimps demonstrate more limited theory of mind, whereas humans know that other humans think things — and we’re constantly using language to uncover and influence those thoughts,” Bridget Alex writes.
There are between 6,000 and 7,000 languages spoken around the world. Most of these languages are spoken in Asia and Africa.
South Africa has the most languages – with 11 distinct dialects.
There are over 20,000 new French words created every single year.
Approximately one language goes extinct every other week.
While the English language only uses the left side of the brain, Chinese relies on both sides of the brain.
Learning a second language is good for the mind at any age. It has been proven to improve your memory and slow the process of aging.
“Klingon” is defined as an artificial language made up for entertainment purposes. There are more than 200 unique examples of Klingon in books, movies, and TV shows.
Aside from English, French is the only other language taught in every country.
While most languages contain over 50,000 words, the majority of people use the same few hundred words in their daily conversations.
The United States has no “official language” listed. Although most people assume it is English.
Spanish is the second most widely used language in the world.
Cambodian has the longest alphabet of all – their alphabet contains 74 characters!
In Hawaii, there are over 200 different words for “rain”
At least half of all people living in the world speak two or more languages
There are many different languages, but there are also many similarities between most of these languages. English borrowed many words and expressions from languages of the past, and European languages now borrow many words from English.