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Tweets and Reddit posts give snapshot of our changing language

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:46 pm
by Erik_Kowal
"BOOTYFUL, cyw, scrims. Whether you’ve already come across these terms or not, you might soon be encountering them. They are some of the fastest-proliferating words in the UK, as sifted out by software that charts the rise of language online.

“Bootyful”, an alternative spelling of beautiful, has seen a dramatic rise in usage among Twitter users in South Wales. “Cyw”, coming your way, has become popular in the north of the UK. “Scrims”, referring to practice sessions before competitions, stems from gaming forums.

The software that picked up on these words was developed by Daniel Kershaw and Matthew Rowe at Lancaster University, UK. They took established methods used by lexicographers to chart the popularity of words, translated them into algorithms, then applied them to 22 million words in Twitter and Reddit posts."

More from the New Scientist article here.