But is change a good thing?
There are (not there's, because it's singular and I'm working with a plural) always going to be the kinds of changes that happen within an individual life, but this is another part of my questioning whether some changes are right, or even necessary, to make. The decline of language is sadly evident in the existence of apps that correct spelling and grammar in email and social media (if there weren't such a widespread lack of that accuracy, and therefore a need for such apps, the apps wouldn't exist) and the heckling of the errors themselves ("I'm in collage"). There have to be some allowances made for ESL (because learning a second language is an effort that should always be applauded, stumbles and all), but when those with English as a first language don't bother to get that right, there's a problem. If all words were once made up, that makes it okay to keep making up new ones? When words change their meanings every few days, what does that do to communication? What does that do to people who rely on standardized spellings and pronunciations for their work? What does that do to the people still learning their second, third, fourth language? That's not an accusation because of a problem that started long ago: those are problems being caused here and now. So if any of this rant seems familiar, that's because the problems that prompted it still exist. There comes a point where the implied meaning of a new word ("wink nudge you know what I mean") breaks down communication ("not anymore I don't"). If dictionary sites are willing to participate in the process of reaching "not anymore I don't," maybe it's only right to question their usefulness.