The English language is evolving at a faster rate than at any other time in history because of social media and instant messaging, says a language expert.
Professor John Sutherland from University College London is the UK’s leading English expert, and has led a study into common social media and text speak terms that found most parents are baffled by the language used by their children.
According to the study, which was commissioned by technology giant Samsung to mark the launch of the Galaxy S6, there is now a “seismic generational gap” between the older and younger generations when it comes to how modern informal language is used.
Top 10 new terms which parents don’t understand
Fleek – Looking good FOMO – Fear of missing out Bae – A term of affection ICYMI – In case you missed it Deadout – Rubbish or tired TBT – Throwback Thursday LMK – Let me know RN – Right now Thirsty – Looking for attention NSFW – Not safe for work
And now-defunct text speak
TXT – Text GR8 – Great M8 – Mate BRB – Be right back ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing BBZ – Babes L8RZ – See you later GTG – Got to go Enuf – Enough TTYL – Talk to you later