Semantic Archaeology          

Semantic Archaeology - an art work by T Newfields
Words are like sediment layers decomposing over time . . . .
Some fossilize into petrified speech.
others get covered with lexical debris.
Still others blend with linguistic sheets,
fragmenting on the compost of history.

Over eons, language warps in interesting ways:
most words are twisted till inchoate.
Some words, though faithful to their original sounds,
imply things formerly not around.
Others, taken from lands far away,
change our thinking and mutate our brains.

How many of the words we know today
will remain beyond this brief, but tumultuous age?
And as computers and humans increasingly interface,
how will it transform the ways we communicate?