This Is How New Words Enter the Vernacular of ASL

Languages change—they must. For example, even stickler grammarians have to admit that “impact” has gained popularity as a verb (even if it’s still annoying to some). The Oxford Dictionaries are always adding words: duckface, lolcat and five-second rule made it in December. As evidenced by that list, the internet is a cauldron of word evolution. And like all other languages, American Sign Language has to incorporate the phrases and terms that spring from it.