Have you noticed the lack of proper grammar and correct spelling that surrounds us everywhere today? And yes, I know, you’ve read some good “moose steaks” here in this blog too.
I love the written word. I love that when words are strung together artistically and thoughtfully they can spark my imagination and invoke deep emotions. Over the years well written words have taken me on thousands and thousands of incredible adventures. I appreciate how difficult it can be to write and so I have always admired authors who can make a world out of their words.
I’m not suggesting we are losing our great writers. I don’t worry about that, but I do worry about the everyday writing I see. The newspaper articles, the billboard signs, personal blogs, etc. It just seems like everyone is trying to cut corners and over simplify things. I blame this on all the texting and twittering that we do so much of now. We have become a society that expects to send and receive blocks of thought in 160 characters or less. What’s worse, we don’t even use whole words anymore. I’m amazed at all the accepted abbreviation.
Y is WYS so MUBAR?
JSYK, I’m not HOYEW when you write like this.
OBTW, right now I’m JUADLAM. JK. LMAO.
IJWTS that TISL … IMHO.
Translation for those born before the late 80’s:
Excuse me. I have a question. Why is what you say so messed up beyond all recognition?
Just so you know, I’m not hanging on your every word when you write like this.
Oh, by the way, right now I’m jumping up and down like a monkey. Just kidding. Laugh my a** off.
I just want to say that this is so lame… in my humble opinion.
But what do I know!
Beyond the slaughter of our grammar and spelling habits is the real danger that texting can pose when it is done behind the wheel of a vehicle.
A driver is 23 times more likely to get into a car accident if they text when they are behind the wheel of their vehicle, according to research conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). In fact, text messaging forced the driver’s eyes away from the road for the longest period of time — about 4.6 seconds over a six-second interval. “This equates to a driver traveling the length of a football field at 55 mph without looking at the roadway,” the study concludes. CTV.ca
I guess it can’t be all bad. A 13-year-old Pennsylvania girl won $25,000 after typing “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins” on her cell phone in less time than 200 other competitors in a text-messaging competition. Morgan Pozgar typed the Disney classic’s “biggest word I ever heard” in only 15 seconds, beating out the former national text-messaging champ, 21-year-old Eli Tirosh of Los Angeles.
I came across an online article written by a college student for a research paper titled: Is Text Messaging/chatrooms Slang Ruining Academic Writing
Here is just one of the authors sentences that made me cringe: “But my question is why all those text messages when can easily dial the phone you have and talk to them like that? To me I think thats straight laziness right their no matter what angel you look at it.” I know we have spell check built in to everything now but even that won’t help correct angel to angle or their to there I suppose.
Sigh. WDYT? (what do you think?)