Language develops, it is not a stagnant thing. It changes over time and becomes unrecognisable to what it once was, each new generation putting its stamp on the language with new words being added to the dictionary every year.
That is how it should be, a constant evolution of the spoken and written word.
This change and evolution has probably never been as obvious or happened as fast as in the last 10 years where language has developed at the same rate as technology with DVDs, Blue Ray and Wii. Ipods and Ipads. Solar panels and touch screens.
Each new step forward bringing us another word or phrase that quickly becomes as familiar to us as bread and butter.
And of course there’s the internet language, or lit speak, that has found it’s way into most peoples vocabulary, LOL’s and OMG’s. WTF’s and IYKWIM’s. Even if you don’t actively use it yourself, you probably read and understand them, are aware of the sentiment being put forth.
I’m happy to LOL, WTF and ROFL with the best of them on Twitter. I’m not that comfortable with PMSL but only because it smacks more of incontinence than anything, and I don’t feel I need to announce my inability to hold on to the contents of my bladder when struck by mirth, to the entire universe.
And yet there are times, times when I read sentences like ‘OMG! That was like totes atrosh!’ when I want to gouge my eyes out with a sharpened stick, roll back the clocks to Shakespearean times and see if we can’t start over, make a better job of it this time.
I am assuming, given the context in which I read this, that it means ‘totaly atrocious’.
so wer dus languige go frm hr? Is hte deth of inglish ni? R we, in 30 yrs time, going 2 b ritin lik this?
Or will language survive the ‘atrotes’ being inflicted upon it and come away relatively unscathed? And if so, which parts of Lit speak will remain, immortalised in a dictionary, to become passé words for an even younger generation to giggle at as their parents try to sound hip?
And incidentally, do people actually speak like this, yet? Because it can only be a matter of time, surely. Do some kids say LOL instead of laughing? Or LMAO and ROFL?
And how on earth are they pronounced?
Christ I feel old.