So it has to be said, the combination of letters, numbers, acronyms and shortened words used for texting, instant messaging and social media (and even speaking in some cases) is getting more and more unsettling… is this the end of grammar, punctuation, spelling and an eloquent vocabulary as we know it?! I received a text message recently and could not understand, for the life of me, what: “CYE & c tis cray man – CSL. BTW need 2 tlk abt 2nyt – call l8er” actually meant. Apparently, check your email (CYE) has to have an abbreviation because it takes too long to type, this (tis) is much more desirable with a missing letter, as is talk and even crazy (cray), while about, tonight, and later are better off with two missing letters – is it really too much of a chore to use complete words and sentences?
According to an online poll on an education website, 54 per cent of respondents have seen texting language show up in school assignments – this does not bode well for the future of literacy!
Perhaps it’s time to take a stand against this festering deterioration of language and communication – I’ll be doing my part, by using complete words and sentences and not responding to those who do not.
Jun10 | by Super Scribe