Sunday, April 15, 2012

Relatable presentation

The presentation went well. Or at least well enough that no one refuted my analysis. Here is the pdf of the presentation. If I get enough requests, I'll do an online version with voice and all.

Bottom line for non-academics: The word relatable has shifted meaning. It used to mean either "able to be retold" or "able to be correlated", but now it means "able to resonate with a person, usually emotionally". You will continue to see younger speakers of American English use it this way. Tough luck if you don't like it.