Several things come to mind when I broach this subject:
- Could it be the necessity of abbreviation when texting? I don’t think that is the culprit.
- Possibly it is the laziness of students in school? I don’t know if that is true either, as adults do it too.
- Are the teachers in school dumbing down the students or just giving in to culture changes?
- Are we in such a hurry that we will not take the time to spell correctly, punctuate correctly, or follow the grammatical excellence we have received from our predecessors?
- The English language is beautiful. Its words are descriptive, picturesque, and artful. What is wrong with using them and creating our lovely messages? Painting our pictures with words and directing the flow with punctuation?
I have witnessed poetry written in texting language. A true poet would never degrade poetry by publishing it in abbreviated text lingo. How would the emotion appear, how would the picture be transmitted, and how would the beauty and loving thoughts flow?
What will happen to our legal system? I guess there would not be a need for the “Heretofore” and the Where As, or what about a Will? In a Will, the recipient could be misinterrupted if in abbreviated form, and we would never know who inherited what, when and where.
I know that I appear to be a stickler for the English language, grammar, and spelling, but it is essential when we want to be “clear” in our message and understanding.
When I receive a text message, email, or other written document written in “texting” language. I will not waste my time interpreting what is meant by the message. I just return the letter and ask to receive it in English so that I will understand what it is I am required to read. People may be dumbing-down the English language, but I refuse to be reduced to an abbreviated conversation.
TU and Thank You!