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4 Changes to English So Subtle We Hardly Notice They’re Happening

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These days, it’s possible to spot subtle linguistic changes by analyzing large digital collections of text.

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

My interest in linguistics have come late in life, but I find it so interesting to find how language is constantly evolving and changing. This article presents strong examples of English language evolution that has been subtle, but it’s definitely noticible once it’s been revealed.  


It makes me realize why translation has to be one of the hardest disciplines in the academic and professional world.  Language changes are like moving targets because of the constant changes over time. It’s difficult enough to try to deal with differences and nuances between dialects within a single language, such as British English and American English, for example. But add the types of changes listed in this article…it’s no wonder that automated machine translation of languages haven’t been perfected yet. 


This is definitely worth reading to get a good idea of the kind of changes taking place in the English language. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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