I realized recently that when I started this blog back in 2012, “Lit” hadn’t yet become the slang that it is today. I thought I was just being funny and playing on words (Too Legit to Quit… get it?) and I’m a literary person so… clever. Although UrbanDictionary.com documents the first use of “lit” as “something that is fucking amazing in any sense” circa 2009 – I can’t rely on myself to be up-to-date on the latest slang. So we’ll just assume, wow, I’ve had this blog for a long time, long enough to see a shift in the American lexicon.
And I love it.
I also realized I need to update my bio page since it still has me as “earning my MA” in English. SURPRISE I finished. Came back from England and now sit at a desk M-F and work most weekends. I am so tired, but I digress. I wanted to say how it’s funny that most English snobs will argue for days about the proper use of a word or grammar etc. There are some cut and dry cases. I used to argue forever about the proper use of “he/she,” and “their” being used as a gender neutral term, but it seems language is always shifting.
I find it fascinating.
So, what are us English Snobs really holding onto when we choose to die on that hill? I guess there is something to be said for maintaining standards, but once a significant change works its way into style guides and the dictionary… time to let it go, man. Join the 21st century and embrace the shift of language and culture.
*cue feel good music*