posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 07:19 AM
I noticed my 13 yr old great niece was "Live" on Facebook. So, being the "great" Aunt that I am, I thought I should spy on her to make sure she is
behaving. So, I tuned in, and listened. I couldnt understand a word she was saying. Her friends understood what she was saying, but to me it sounded
like some kind of tribal nonsense. It was pretty hilarious, until she realized I was there, and then started talking regular English.
So, I googled "Social Media's effect on Language". And its a real thing. I think I witnessed the evolution of "Text Speak". And its happening
all around the world in every language.
From the article: The words that surround us every day influence the words we use. Since so much of the written language we see is now on the screens
of our computers, tablets, and smartphones, language now evolves partly through our interaction with technology. An alphabet soup of acronyms,
abbreviations, and neologisms has grown up around technologically mediated communication to help us be understood. I’m old enough to have learned
the acronyms we now think of as textspeak on the online forums and ‘internet relay chat’ (IRC) that pre-dated text messaging. On IRC, acronyms
help speed up a real-time typed conversation. On mobile phones they minimize the inconvenience of typing with tiny keys. And on Twitter they help you
make the most of your 140 characters.
Im not sure where this is going, or if it will eventually be a one world language. But, I think I witnessed History in the making. Not the same old
pig-latin thats for sure. God I feel old. lol