Language, like everything else, has to evolve
Language is changing, whether we like it or not. Like lots of other educationalists I cringe when I see text-speak in an academic piece or work. I don’t even like to see dis-emvoweled emails. Tech speak, once the domain of the geeks only, is invading our everyday speech in strange and unusual ways. Should we be worried?
Am I behind the times, not keeping up with the evolution of language, or am I right to protect my interpretation of good English?
Here are some of the newer examples of the evolution –
- To refer to someone as “404” is the new way of saying they’re a bit slow. When a webpage goes awol and can’t be found, you get the 404 error message. So, someone who’s forgotten something or is a tad clueless about something is a 404. Marginally, less cutting than saying someone’s stupid…?.
- Even send a text message without checking the predictive text? Apparently, lots of us don’t and the predictive text becomes the real thing – you want to say “cool” but end up with “book”. A book is now cool, and only right and proper too.
- Here’s one I’m not keen on. Using the number of letters in the words of a well-used phrase to shorten it. The example: “I love you” becomes 143. Saying I-love-you is saying something profound to someone, “143” just doesn’t cut it for me.
U cn mk wht u lk of 8 bt i dnt lk it