A new lenguage for a new generation
Since Babel Ages, languages have been a controversial issue. To find a common pattern that could be shared all over the world is an old desideratum. Esperanto was an example and more recently, English, considered as the universal reference for business and understanding.
But nowadays, a new phenomenon has arisen. New technologies have introduced new forms of interaction and new words referred to things that before didn’t exist. A new techno-scientific jargon is now in the street; everybody has assumed all the new vocables. In fact, many national dictionaries have already added the new words to their indexes.
Let’s have a look at some of these world wide words.
Referred to Communications:
- Chat/ chatting: Idle or frivolous talk; familiar and easy talk or conversation. Now chatting is referred to communication via Internet.
- SMS: Short message service, a digital communication system enabling mobile phones to send and receive short text messages. Hence: a text message sent or received using this system. SMS is the direct ancestor of the chat. Before chatting, we had SMS but with chats and whatsapp, SMS seem to be not so trendy or cool.
- USB: computing a socket or port that meets the USB specification; a drive designed to be connected to a computer through a USB port. Who is not carrying right now an USB together with the keys?
- Blog: (from weblog), a frequently updated web site consisting of personal observations, excerpts from other sources, etc., typically run by a single person, and usually with hyperlinks to other sites; an online journal or diary.
- WhatsApp: from “What’s up?” as a greeting like “What’s the matter?” This is the most common way of interacting nowadays. Smartphones have brought this almost free message service to everywhere.
If we move to entrepreneurship, a word so linked in the last years to young people, we can also find many terms that are widely accepted:
- Crowdfunding: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet; it’s commonly associated to creative projects.
- Networking: A group or system of interconnected people or things; a group of people who exchange information and contacts for professional or social purposes; it’s the way we usually work or even have leisure; “matrix” reality have become true.
- Startup: A newly established business, including young people and some original approach.
- Tips: Small pieces of advice usually found in Twitter’s timeline
- Influencers: people with the capacity of having an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself; “bloggers” are influencers.
But the social sector who really use and command all these jargon are the young. They have the ability of quickly catching up level with progress and technology. They soon become owners of these vocables and contribute to spread them like gunpowder.
And who are these young people?
We can also find an answer following the recent labels that young people have been sharing. First of all, we find the 80´ “Yuppies” (Young Urban Professional), referred to high middle class with age between 20 and 40 years old. They were “in” until the crisis scenary began to point. The actual recession economical background has lead to a new reality and new words trying to define it. So we now face the so called Neet Generation (Not in Employment, Education or Training). British Goverment used it for the first time, and since them it has become a common word to design youngsters from 16 to late 20. They come from middle-low class sectors; they have studied, but they can not find a job, even if they try to work in a low skilled labour sector. This mis-so called Neet are the main receptors of the Youth Guarantee, actually in development by the European Commision.
Finally, we can register two recently created items that somehow, could gathered all this mixture of information; furthermore, these vocables could resume the way young people and by extension, all people live and manage in the actual speedy technological world. They are:
- Multitasking: dealing with more than one task at the same time; this is a real portrait of social behaviour.
- Mindfulness: the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one´s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Design note: write with information taken from Oxford English Dictionary (online version) and Wikipedia.
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud.