… Beware the linguistic Trojan horse - The Spectator - news, politics, life & arts. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Yes, yes, language is a living, breathing thing that’s eternally transforming… But these examples are arguably inorganic. They involve strategic lingual reinventions that are relatively new and politically motivated. Language may evolve naturally, but it also responds to manhandling. Er, if we can use that word any more.