Discuss language as a living and growing organism and illustrate your answer with examples of recent development in the grammar of modern English.answer in detail

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In one of his essays, George Orwell wrote,

Language does not reflect culture; language is culture.

With the advent of email and text messaging the imagined necessity of swift communication has wrought many changes to the English language.  Reciprocally, this method of abbreviating has become a part of our culture as business and other exigent people speak in acronyms and cryptic phrases.  Even the part of speech that a word has now is changed because the word had to be put into a phrase for meaning.  Now, by changing its part of speech, the word can be used alone. 

For example, the word transition by its very suffix -ion grammatically demands that it be a noun.  However, people of prominence such as those seen on television or as presenters before people in business, education, etc., have decided that this word should be a verb using it thusly:  We are going to transition you to ....."  In another example, the simple word fun, traditionally a noun, is more frequently used as an adjective:  "It's a fun activity for the family."  Perhaps, enjoyable is just too long, or maybe there are people who do not know the meaning of this nine-letter word.  If three letters can do the trick, go with the shorter word.  Afterall, we are in a hurry.  Yes, language is culture, Mr. Orwell.