- Posted April 14, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Let's Conversate About the Word Conversate: Accepting Non-Standard Entries Listed in the Dictionary
Non-Standard vs. Standard: Usage of the word CONVERSATE is arguably one of the words that ignites debates with respect to whether or not it should be used. The true fact-finder to determine what is or ain't—used for emphasis—a word is in accordance with what's listed in Merriam-Websters Dictionary. I remember being shocked at the absurdity of the word BLING being added to the dictionary after being made popular by southern rappers. What's next THOT? What many people miss is that there are 370K+ words in the dictionary and there are many nonstandard entries. People despise one nonstandard word, and may unknowingly overuse another. In the end, who are we as ordinary citizens to debate about what is and what is not a word. We all have a purpose, and the people delegated to decide dictionary entries should be trusted to effectively advance the English language, or we would all sound like 1700 Englishman. Is Google a company name? True indeed it is, however, the term google has evolved into the general search of the Internet for information, which has been added to the dictionary. Let's leave the word CONVERSATE—yes, it is a word—alone, and allow it work effectively in the English language. Afterall, evolution in the English language is why we do not all speak Latin.