Why, how now, Hamlet?

We’ve lost “how now” in our daily speech. It stuck around a little – all I can think of in contemporary(ish) language was a phrase (was it from a TV show perhaps?) that went, “How Now, Brown Cow?”
And that’s about the extent of it.
But many things have stepped into its place.
And a lot of those things were initiated by teenage girls.
I read an article about how almost all language innovations and inventions start with teenage girls. They are the culture’s language originators. Which is kind of great.
I mean, I’m not always a fan of what they invent – but I’m glad they have power somewhere – that they have left their marks century after century in the evolution of the language. And part of that evolution means losing things – even things as useful as “How Now.”


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