posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 05:40 PM
I'm glad you posted on this subject. I've been discussing at work how people's handwriting has gotten so much worse over the years. I still
maintain very readable handwriting, because when I was in school (not in the U.S.) we were graded not only on our spelling and grammar, but also on
our handwriting. If you look at my handwriting you would have no trouble deciphering it. However, most of the time I can't read a word of what some
of my co-workers write. I have to go ask them to read it to me, because the handwriting is so terrible. Most of the time some letters in a word will
only be half-finished or just scribbled without attention to their form.
The scribbles and text messaging has a lot to do with a lack of time or space. I think these days people are in more of a hurry. If they need to say
something they need to do it quickly, or do it in a limited amount of space. We have learned to shorten certain words not only to fit them into our
phones, but also to do it quickly while we're walking, driving, or talking to someone else in front of us. We are adapting our language to our
I don't think print will disappear altogether. Like a few have mentioned, it's so much better to just hold a book in your hands and flip through the
pages. I hate reading lengthy articles online, because it hurts my eyes. I don't understand how people read books on "Kindle", having to recharge
batteries and such. I'll always prefer books printed on paper, especially if they have illustrations.
Our language has been changing for thousands of years. If you go back 100 years you will notice we no longer use certain words, or they have changed
meaning. You can't keep a language from changing/evolving. If you pick up a book written in "English" 800 years ago you'll be surprised by how
many words you will not understand. Spelling has changed, pronunciation, meaning, maybe even tone. A few years ago I bought the book "Beowulf". It
contained the original language and modern English. I couldn't understand a SINGLE word in the original language! Was it supposed to be English? It
sort of resembled English, but the words meant something completely different than what I would have thought they might mean.
So, my point is that shortening words into "texts" is just another form of evolution in our language. Not everyone will like it, but most people
these days understand that the word "LOL" means "Laugh out Loud", or "l8tr" means Later. I hope that kids can retain the original modern
language to the best of their abilities, but I don't think we're going to see these shortened words disappear until we develop technology that
allows us to communicate faster using the full words as they were intended.