Diary Adventures of a LagosMum: Texting and English!
Who else is alarmed by the rate at which texting and shortening the written English word is threatening to destroy the English language?
Everywhere I turn someone who is trying to save their phone credit is slashing a word down, changing the spelling, substituting acronyms that would make the Webster dictionary cry! Even those marketing texts are guilty of this. I am guilty myself and find it is a bit of a sport to trim down the number of words in a text message so it can fit on one page versus spill into two pages. But some people are advanced in this business…many times I find myself scratching my head to decipher this new “text” word that has been introduced (I found an online dictionary for text message translator ).
Now comes blackberry messaging and the same thing applies, even though this is not subject to credit, hello you don’t pay per bb message so why still do people shorten their words? I think it is now pure laziness o! People can’t be bothered to spell any longer or another scary thought they can’t remember the correct spellings? Instead of “the” everyone defaults to “d” and so many other “cutesy” ways to re-spell any given word and save one or two alphabets.
The worrying trend though is the school children, and a generation who is getting used to this way of writing and not able to cut it off when they are in a professional setting. How many of you have gotten (or sent) an email with badly written English with use of “texting” language instead of proper English?
It is bad o! The damage this phenomenon is causing is huge. The real challenge is to find a way to balance this less is more way of writing to only social media….yes we know twitter can only take so many characters…..but you don’t want to be seen as unprofessional or even lose a job because you can’t craft a proper email or document without using texting language.
One way to deal with this is discipline to use P-R-O-P-E-R English all the time. The benefit of this decision to use proper english all the time far outweighs the slippery slope where you don’t realize that your text has ended and now you are writing up an essay, an official document or internal memo via email!
ager I wanted 2 check dat d order from d shop was delivered”.
How do we move proper English forward? For me I have pledged to use the correct spelling of a word everytime.