also if you stare at any word for too long, it becomes really ugly and strange. like it loses the meaning and purpose; there are some words that are simply fillers and have lost their meaning over the years because people either don’t understand what it truly means or use it too often and it’s evident when it’s right in front you, begging for your attention and help.
that’s not a valid description of language change
i mean there was a description of semantic satiation kind of
and i mean maybe sort of a description of grammaticalization?* from a usage-based perspective
Well, I don’t think it’s really true that language changes because a word is used “too often,” and it definitely doesn’t occur because the user “doesn’t understand what it truly means.” That’s not really how it works.
mhm. i agree.
Yeah. I agree that it starts out with a reasonable description of semantic satiation! It just ends up being used to motivate a sort of … grumpy prescriptivist kind of description of how those dang kids can ruin words. Or something.
Although you’d have to ask the original poster what they meant, the first thing this brought to mind was the word “literally.” Dang kids these days. Get off my lawn!
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