As a writer and a wordsmith, I've always been aware of how people use language. I am fascinated by the colloquial phrases that we utter and where we learn them. As I've become older, I've been able to watch words change definition and enter the mainstream of language with totally different meanings than they previously possessed.
Lately we've been checking out houses to buy, with a probable move in our future, and my husband and I chuckle over rooms that might be used as his "man cave." This is a fairly recent addition to our language base (maybe in the last year or two) but everyone knows what you mean now when you talk about that place where menfolk park their comfy recliners, hang their moose antlers, and tune their televisions to sports or war movies.
I remember the decade, and probably even the year (early 1980's - where I lived) when the definition of the word "gay" changed from being carefree and happy to what it means today.
I remember (about fifteen years ago) when the term "sucks" changed from a sexual connotation to just meaning something is bad or awful. Ask anyone older than about fifty and they'll nod their heads.
And as a writer, I have to laugh when euphemisms for the "F" word now seem perfectly appropriate in certain instances, and in certain novels for young people, even down to middle grade. I'm talking about flippin', freakin', frickin', friggin' or whatever other generic version you choose. (And trust me, middle grade writers constantly ask each other: is it okay to use this word in my novel? Apparently so.)
But let's not talk about cussing. The phrase that I'm hearing over and over right now (and indeed everyone seems to be using it - even my mother) is, I now proclaim, the new "Whatever." (Because really, who says that anymore?)
Ready? Ready? (Yes, I bet you've even used it yourself.) Here it is:
It is what it is.
Because really, that about covers it. *grin*
What phrase are you hearing these days, that just came into your language base? Please share.