English: A Living Language

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The English language continues to change and adapt to modern culture. This particular Celtic lyric would mean something very different to my Grandmother’s generation than it would to a much younger generation today.
A wise old English teacher once said to me,
“Choose your words wisely, be simple and succint. A generation or two from now, your readership may not understand you…”
 
Mr. Yeats’s Celtic lyric
We who are old, old and gay,
O, so old;
Thousands of years, thousands of years,
If all were told!

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