Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries

When examining 6,000 letters from 1417 to 1681: Researchers “found that female letter-writers changed the way they wrote faster than male letter-writers, spearheading the adoption of new words and discarding words.”

“…female teenagers are actually ‘language disruptors’ — innovators who invent new words that make their way into the vernacular.”

Also, “women are consistently responsible for about 90 percent of linguistic changes today.”

Really interesting read from Smithsonian Magazine. I never would’ve guessed 90%!

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