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*** VENMO ME – PAY VIA SMARTPHONE! ***
One of my friends is staying overseas in Denmark and he has noticed the usage of the mobile payments app, Venmo. Venmo is a simple way to split the bill when dining with a friend etc, much like when friends split an Uber fare when going to a party. This is still yet to catch on in Australia but seems to have caught on in Europe and America (Australia is always behind the rest of the world, technologically speaking).
So, what does this have to do with the English Language? Well… it’s becoming a VERB over there! Much like Uber has become a verb here (slowly).
Always remember that the current state of the language is always a reflection of what is happening in society – culturally, technologically and socially.
Venmo, a startup based in New York and San Francisco, is “unbelievably popular among a younger group,” Bar-On says. “It’s actually a verb. You know, Venmo the rent, Venmo me money for the pizza.”
This is a great example of language change and would be great for your essays in Unit 4 🙂
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