Words don’t always mean what they used to.

Momentarily used to mean ‘for a moment’, and now it means ‘in a moment’. And many people don’t take literally literally. How do we know when it’s time to give the old meaning the old heave-ho?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley looks at some attempts to do just that, on this week’s Talk the Talk.


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The original Slate article by Ben Yagoda
http://www.slate.com/id/2290536/

A response from The Economist
http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2011/04/change

Google’s n-gram Viewer
http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=pause+momentarily%2C+return+momentarily&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3