I have an Oxford English Dictionary here in my office, and among other things, it traces the changes in word's meanings over history. As close as I can tell, we've been mangling the language since we HAD a language. And yet somehow it survives, even thrives.
LOL! No, I don't think so. People still notice good language and it's still a better way to communicate. But I don't think we need to worry about the language. It seems to have tremendous resilience.
And what version of the English language do you subscribe to? Why have you strayed so far from the English used in the Cantabury Tales?
New words come into existence all the time. Why the rigid adherence to oxford spelling? dontcha know wha 'm getting at?
coined phrases so they can control you in arguement more effectively. If you didnt just fall off the turnip truck this would be evident.
Some strive to be purveyors of fine verse, and others to be perversers of grammer *shrug*
It's usually by mistake like a D i c k Cheney hunting accident or like the way he told NORAD to stand down on 9/11.