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The next stage of evolution in the English language


There is a whole new language evolving on the internet.
I remember as a kid being told that “ain’t ain’t a word because it ain’t in the dictionary.”
Proper English was drilled into our heads in grade school and high school. While in English class we were expected to follow the rules and write with the proper words, sanctified only by Webster’s or Oxford dictionaries.
When I came home from University my mother chastised me more often than not for not speaking “proper English.”
“But mother, people do not talk like that,” was my response.
In the past decade and a half I have noticed more and more that the language lords at Webster’s and Oxford have been liberalizing in what qualifies for a spot in their pages.
Words that were once considered slang are now part of mainstream English... whether that is considered proper, I do not know.
To those who taught us the rule of law on English some 20-30 years ago, it must seem sacrilege to see some of the slang become part of the English language. But what is coming to mainstream will likely disgust them even more.
If you chat on line or do a lot of emailing, a new way of communicating has grown rapidly.
Words have been shortened dramatically. Some have gone from being multiple words to a few letters.
For example:
“:brb” is “be right back”
“u” is “you”
“k” is “okay”
And the list goes on from there. Many people do not even sign there names anymore. They just use a single letter. For instance: “Ken” would be “K”.
Where all this will go is yet to be seen. But soon there may be more and more confusion in the English language. If “u” becomes a word then will it still be a letter?
Whatever happens it is likely that some of the lazy language on the net will make its way into our language.
–Until then, cya, Ken