language change and slang things people say that I hate

Blended family – the democracy of new words

Check out this recent entry in the Macmillan Open Dictionary, blended family. A blended family is one formed from previous, unsuccessful relationships and replaces the old term, stepfamily. I don’t actually like this phrase; it suggests they’ve all been mixed up in a food processor, and I think it is a victim of the current fashion for everything to be blended: blended learning and blended search are just a couple of examples. I admit, however, that blended family is both effective and clear in its meaning. I can imagine it becoming popular.

So I mustn’t whinge about new words that I don’t like; after all – language is a democracy.

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