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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Snogging epidemic hit American Schools?

One of the interesting things about languages, is that they are flexible and often import terms. The latest Harry Potter book has just introduced a lot of young people to the English Slang term, "Snogging." Of course the book was written in such a way that everyone who didn't know the term, would instantly identify what it was. So the question is, will the book be enough to influence a slight language change. After all snogging is both a fun word to say as well as a fun thing to do. So far I havn't seen any posts on this from Language Log or Tensor.

This will be an interesting thing to look at. My prediction is that it will. One it involves sex which is always a big seller. As I said it is a fun word to say. A lot of people were introduced to the word at the same time, so it is recognizable. School age children are more apt to adopt slang. So I shall keep an eye out for an increase in snogging.

I did a google search on snogging right now to get a baseline.
Current baseline is: Results 1 - 10 of about 113,000 for snogging.

Also a baseline for the discussion:
Current baseline is: Results 1 - 10 of about 152 for snogging harry potter linguistics.

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