This article will by no means be remembered as one of the most inspirational and thought-provoking pieces of our time, but I’m going somewhere with this. Stay tuned for the fanatical conclusion.
Anyway, to get there, we must dissect the English language a bit. Recently, thanks to the invention of text messaging, it has become convenient for our thumb muscles to shorten our messages in order to get our point across. For instance, “you” becomes “u”, “are” becomes “r”, “any” becomes “n e”, “why” becomes “y”, and things like the ‘g’s on -ing words get dropped. Makes sense, they seem to resemble each other phonetically.
So what’s the point, Mr. Author Man?
Well, this has led to a general degradation in overall “writing”, a term which is here used generously. I’m not saying that “texting” is a form of media that must be crushed – it does have uses in certain situations. However, it is this lazy writing that takes away from the dynamic punch that words can have. Then again, wordiness is not so appreciated, either.
What I’m trying to say is how lazy will we get? We are creatures of convenience in our post-industrial lifestyles, requiring the aid of spell-checkers, fact-checkers, and constant proofreading to ensure correctness. Also, this need to acquire information instantaneously is problematic, as we are upset when such information is not available when we demand it.
So, this word shortening is an overall step towards this stagnation of our culture, and our obsessive need for the present. Take some time, write things out – you’re hopefully not being charged by the letter.
And for those of you who use these shortenings in actual essays and publications, your arguments look as though a child conceived them, no matter how correct they may be.
Remember, this story will have a more important follow-up tomorrow. Maybe two, if I can churn out this other related idea.
Let Shortening Already Short Words Die