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One Word, Big Meaning

ImageWe are an ever evolving species, becoming smarter and smarter every second. We are now more capable than at any time in our past because our brains are developing faster and we are living longer to allow for more use of our intellect. As we evolve, so do our means of communication. Just last year, text messaging was unheard of. Please note the hyperbole, but realize that the way the written message is sent and received has vastly improved in a short amount of time. With this new type of communication came shorthand to further increase the speed at which ideas can travel. Whole sentences are cut down into mere letters and more and more acronyms are being made every day. Now we can think of these as a breakdown in society where all the children who talk like dis r social degenerates, or we can realize what they are really doing to the English language: improving it. I have never written a paper and had my teacher say, “You must write ‘t is’ instead of ‘it’s’ because it’s proper.” That would be silly since “it’s” is perfectly proper.

So, logically thinking, since “OMG” is the same sort of contraction as “it’s”, shouldn’t it be accepted in writing? Also, if you can convey a complete idea in one word, why do we need a whole sentence? We are so caught up in believing that the contractions and shortcuts that kids engineered are harmful, but we forget that we grew up with the same type of thing. We also forget these contractions are more advanced intellectually than their constituent words since they have combined meaning and came after the original words. Perhaps English teachers need to wake up and realize that this new shorthand is some of the most advanced writing there’s been since Shakespeare.

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2 responses

  1. sedansvan

    To be honest, I have to disagree with you. Texting and short hand isn’t poetic at all, nothing like Shakespeare. Let’s address the first problem of texting: it makes you sound unprofessional. When you’re going to an interview, will you really use words like “k” or “lol”? Second of all, I want to address shortcuts that we have came up with in life. Although I believe shortcuts or new inventions that improve life are better, humans like the feeling of naturalness. To be honest, I don’t think I will ever get used to a society where everything is automated, where everything is a short cut. Part of the fun of being a human is interacting, getting to bond with people through shared pain or happiness. Although this doesn’t mean I disprove of engineering new shortcuts in everyday life. The new technologies should be used to give us more free time and opportunity to interact and enjoy life, we shouldn’t use technology to interact and enjoy life for us. But putting that aside, the main point is that texting was simply made to easily type on the phone, not to use in day to day conversations. Like what our chemistry teacher said, we should be trying to use more than one word answers. I don’t think I would ever enjoy living in a society where everything is curt and abbreviated.

    January 23, 2014 at 1:44 am

    • Never said poetic. I said advanced. It may not be enjoyable to you, but if it is effective which it is, then I will have to stand by my point of advancement. Imagine computer binary, it is so good because it is so simple.

      January 23, 2014 at 2:56 am

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