That is cool. Hip, rad, neat, swell, chill.Being kind of a word guy
myself, and an LDS student to boot, I find the change in language over the
decades interesting. A hearty thanks to this researcher!
I concur, agree, consent, and see eye to eye!. Very interesting research. Thanks
for the article.
As a 1982 alum of the BYU Linguistics Department (M.A. in TESOL) and former
teacher at the English Language Center, I am thrilled to see this kind of
scholarship coming from the Linguistics Department. I just regret that my time
there pre-dates this professor. It is indeed fascinating to see how the
language has evolved over the years and how it reflects the hot topics of the
day, especially in General Conference.
To be able to access conference talks dating back to 1859 and target certain
words is truly one of the positives of modern technology.
Some will tell you that half of those words are inactive. Don't believe them.
This is GREAT! It seemed to me there has been an increase in using the idea of
"returning to live with Him". As I entered this and similar phrases
and charting it I could see that indeed this is happening. I think this gives
the impression of going on a trip or vacation and then returning home.
Minimizing the doctrine that this life is a time for change (often termed
repentance) and progression towards godhood. Thanks to you and Mark Davies for
bringing to light this great resource!
To Penguin Inc.: The words are not inactive; they're less active....