The Choice Of Words

No language remains static; one could say English is perhaps the most flexible of languages, adopting words from languages from around the world.

But the use of words also change with times. Old words die while new are added, and one can notice many words that were used only in the informal world slowly gaining a sense of officialdom.

But still one always thought that the media, official reports and leaders used the formal English.

And this seems to be changing.

For example, take the following quotation:

Now, some graduating classes have marched into this stadium in easy times – times of peace and stability when we call on our graduates to simply keep things going, and not screw it up.

Screw it up?

You might be surprised to hear who said these words: President of the United States, Barack Obama.

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