Adverbs for example, are falling by the wayside. Get home safe! Not safely. The latter is so formal it’s practically an order.
Ending a sentence with a preposition is not only kosher, it actually sounds better much of the time. This is what we’re talking about. This is not that about which we are talking.
I recently read an article in Slate, which is good and worth reading because it champions writing however you naturally write, especially when your style mirrors your content. But ultimately, the flowery upper-class wannabe-English Henry James style gave way to the simplicity and Americanness of Hemingway’s. As any good artist knows, there is beauty in simplicity. And as any of my readers know, I love Hemingway and think he is the greatest American writer of the 20th century.
His rules: Make sentences strong and forceful. Write short sentences and paragraphs. Be positive. Instead of writing, “It wasn’t so bad,” try, “It was fine.” Eliminate as much as possible.
I’m a big fan of the second person. It’s much more intimate and appropriate to our post postmodern era than saying “one.” But I’m getting rid of it where possible. It’s often implied.
The word “which” signals a non-restrictive clause. But “that” has gained popularity, since most of the time when we qualify, it’s restrictive. Plus it’s easier to forget entirely about restrictive clauses in colloquial speech. Just go with “that.” And even beyond that and which, if you have a friend that does something, it’s just as acceptable as a friend who does something else.
Spot any other language trends worth noting?