David Peterson wrote: > That's one of those questions that makes me think every so often. Is >there any linguist who's written a paper (preferably online) about the >affects of instant communication on language, and especially, language >change? Or is it too soon to say anything at all? Nothing recent that I know of; but back in the 60s IIRC the Opies were writing about how quickly childrens' games/slang/jokes were getting around. Supposedly in Dec. 1936, when Edward VIII abdicated, within a matter of days children all over the British Empire were singing: "Hark, the herald angels sing/ Mrs. Simpson's pinched our king...." That's unlikely to have gone out over the BBC World Service, so it must have been by telegraph or air-mail.