When we read newspapers, we often come across such English words as “AIDS” and “PK”. When we watch TV, we frequently hear words like “NBA” and “PM2.5”. When we speak, we automatically use words like “OUT” or “Bye-bye”. English words and expressions like those are getting popular. They have already become part of our daily language. And 239 English words have been included in the latest Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese.
The inclusion has started a heated discussion. A group of scholars signed a letter of complaint over the inclusion of these English words, which, they think, goes against Chinese language policies. They not only worry that Chinese is borrowing an increasing number of English words but are also concerned that the inclusion may hurt the dignity of the Chinese language. However, others are in favor of the inclusion because it is hard to say whether it will threaten the Chinese language. They believe the selection is mostly a result of their function and use in daily life.