Have you noticed how many ads there are on Facebook recently for foreign language instruction and translation software? There's also a popular article circulating that argues that when we speak a different language, we become a different personality. Apparently failure to communicate affects even the world's cats.
I've been wondering about the validity of that finding, and it occurs to me that the change may work in the opposite direction.
Since I started writing full time, I've developed a whole new vocabulary--one that may be fairly meaningless or hopelessly confusing to others. For example:
So, the next time you complain that your friends and family do not understand what it is like to be a writer, maybe it's because you now speak a different language.
Can you think of other examples? Feel free to add to this list.