After yesterday’s word related
rant post I was having a think last night (Yay!
Insomnia!) about vocabulary and the way that words are used these days. I was
thinking about how there are so many rich, wondrous words available to us to
use to describe things and feelings and yet everyone seems hell bent on
abbreviating everything as much as possible. The introduction of text speak (or
txt spk) which has crept into our lives, stealing all the vowels is now being
used in totally inappropriate situations. I actually grimace when I get an
email in work which says “u” instead of “you” or “thnx” instead of “thanks”. I
have actually had a work email which said “LOL” too!
And this is another thing I have found. The abbreviations that litter emails, texts and even magazines these days are not only stealing our vowels, but inhibiting our use of the many words available to us, by virtue of the restrictions imposed by the abbreviations (or acronyms as they are also known).
The main word that comes to mind in this way is the humble laugh. The introduction of LOL, LMAO, ROFL and even LMFAO has made it all about the laugh. What about the other words to describe the noises we make when amused? When is a laugh not a laugh? When it’s a giggle, that’s when. Or a chortle. There are a plethora of words which are going to disappear from our language if we don’t carry on using them.
Here are a few of my personal favourites:
Titter (Oooh-err matron)
I have written before about pledging to read the printed word, but it may be time to start a pledge to use the spoken word before it’s too late and it starts to become acceptable to write without using vowels and in a complex code of abbreviations.