Emo Broke English
So this post is going to revolve around words. Yay, right now you're probably going I'm reading this so I'm literate, what else do I need to know. If not, good for you.
To get the point 'emo' is a word, nothing more, no one can debate that because someone somewhere decided it was. It is the idea this word represents that is controversial. Assuming, that emo was at one point 'made-up' like all other words, that means at one point so was its meaning. Emo is most likely a derivative of 'emotional' or 'emotive' terms used to describe a muscial genre. So it's obvious that the word had a clear meaning.
Like many words, meanings, or even stories as they transfer from one person to another they change. So what happens of someone were to start using 'emo' with a different meaning? What if many people agreed with this meaning? Who decides which meaning is correct? Are they both? Is the original meaning? Or maybe they are merely two completely different words, like so many other homonyms. In which case the new and old meaning are both different words.
The reason why any languages exist is because a group of people agree on the meanings of words and are able to use them. However given a disagreement upon the meaning of a word, does this mean that a language system is flawed, or is it just another form of slang? What this ultimately comes down to is whether or not emo has changed its meaning, become two words, or means both interchangeably. However since there is no set rule to decide the meanings of words in specific languages, one must question is it majority rules, where if enough people agree you can get away with it or do words still mean what they were meant to?
You tell me.