English in 500 Years

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English has come a long way since it first started to crop up as a language. Many words have been borrowed from pervious and concurrent languages in the beginning and still are to this day. English is an ever evolving language. Even now, new words and phrases are being adding to it. What will the English language look like in 500 years? We can look to the past and present for clues to how the language will evolve over that time.
The English language as it is known now will not exist in 500 years. The difference between English at the beginning of its usage and English in the modern day is astounding. It has come a very long way from how it used to be. This is due, in part, to the fact that English speakers are constantly adding new words and phrases.
These days, it is common to see people texting on their phones and chatting on social media sites. To decrease the amount of characters they have to type, many use abbreviations or acronyms. Abbreviations and acronyms make it faster and easier to share information. They have become very prevalent in modern society.
Acronyms like YOLO, which means “You Only Live Once”, have become so popular in writing that they have become commonly used while speaking. This form of speaking has become very popular among young people. In years to come, it would not be improbable if this acronym or acronyms like it became actual words.
This would not be the first time an acronym has become a word though. The word laser was an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The word Snafu was originally a military acronym for Situation Normal, All F***ked Up. These acronyms and many more have made their way into dictionaries and common language so it is not a stretch to assume that newer ones like YOLO would later become words in their own right.
Phrases are used every day as short hand for describing…...

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