Cheerio - losing once-familiar words is not at all marvellous

The Rev Canon Bob White with representatives of the groups involved in our Christmas campaignh run with churches in Portsmouth - Comfort and Joy

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Have you noticed how certain once-common words in the English language are in danger of dying out?

Back in the 1990s, I remember words like ‘marvellous’ and ‘cheerio’ being in use all the time.

But now they seem to have been replaced by the terms ‘awesome’ and ‘see you later’ – except among older folk who still use the original expressions.

Now I know that language is constantly evolving, but I have to say I find it sad that we’re at risk of losing certain expressions from our daily lives.

As for the most-used words this decade, they appear to be Facebook, online, e-mail and smartphone.

I may not like it, but I suppose it’s a sign of the times.