Judging by the new additions to Dictionary.com today, it’s safe to say that text speak and short forms of words with new meanings are becoming an all too familiar sight everywhere on social media, and this isn’t new news, but it is rapidly becoming a completely new version of language. New words, short words, no capitalization where it’s supposed to be and so many of the things most of us were taught in school over the years are disappearing daily before our very eyes. It’s not just the new words that are causing the controversy; it’s the lack of proper grammar, incorrect spelling and usage of normal words, and lack of correct punctuation. All of these things no longer seem to matter to a large majority of people. So, get over it grammar nazis, it just ain’t gonna be proper NO MOAR!
Seriously, when was the last time we even used cursive writing? It’s safe to say that if anyone still signs checks rather than use online banking, that may be the only time, or when we have to sign official documents we use cursive. Doing a facepalm won’t make anyone feel any better, especially if they are trying to communicate with someone else (older?) who isn’t into all the new shortened language and terminology. Wait, we better not define it as language for the sake of our grandparents. THIS IS NOT PROPER ENGLISH screams the older generation (translation: OMG). Well, let’s be honest here, the English language is tough in itself to use properly at times but we won’t go there, at least not right now because this is all about words, new words, and words some people will just have to learn whether they like or not. Communication skills are now on an entirely new level.
Here’s a sample of some of the 150 plus new entries into Dictionary.com today:
bestie: Informal. a person’s best friend.
digital citizen: a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the Internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities.
facepalm: the gesture of placing the palm of one’s hand across the face, as to express embarrassment, frustration, disbelief, etc. (often used as an interjection).
fleek: Slang. flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.
IRL: in real life (in contrast with communication and interaction online or in a fictional situation).
TBH: to be honest.
yaaas: Slang. Yes! (used as a strong expression of excitement, approval, agreement, etc.)
And there you have it, 150 plus new words to choose from now and it’s considered legit to use them. The English language or however we choose to define it is growing, albeit the words are not getting any longer, they just contain more meaning in less use of characters in some cases.
Has anyone ever caught themselves in person talking to someone and getting an urge to say LOL out loud, or witnessed someone else do this? Be honest now. And how many people struggle with the use of apostrophes? OMG apostrophes are the worst to learn in school, and many people still have to stop and think before adding an “s”. We see instances all the time where people give up and just intentionally omit them as well as commas. That's just so wrong, it makes guessing games out of figuring out what the hell someone is really trying to say.
Many people are vehemently opposed to all the new words and carefree typing, and others really like it. There will be no way of pleasing everyone and as always, its common sense to choose your method of language use appropriately for the recipient of whatever you are communicating electronically on social media or otherwise. In this case, don't think of the children, think of your elders.
There are however, definite instances where you should try to help your besties, though. A perfect example would be when you see them type “to funny” (instead of “too funny”), remind them that they are not climbing up to see something funny, or ask them where they are going to get to funny. At least be supportive in helping with proper use of “to”, “too”, and “two”, and “their”, “there” and “they’re”. The rest of us will thank you in advance for that.
So, WRITE ON people! Wait that would be “type ON”, nobody writes notes or letters any more, and TBH, it’s much faster to type.