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Is “USA” Crossing a Border?


Posted on Aug 1, 2016

Language systems are fluid. Vocabulary changes, meanings, grammar, syntax, and phonology evolve. It is rare, however, that one is able pinpoint the exact moment a linguistic transformation occurs – such as when a word or phrase changes meaning. I believe, however, that we witnessed such a rare event -– what is known as a “semantic shift” in the English lexicon — on Thursday evening, July 28, 2016. This shift involves the...

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