Long long time ago..about the time when SMSes weren’t introduced, ancient times really, language was more powerful than men. By men I mean my school friends and I. But in a year’s time, after that long long time ago, the tables seemed to turn. With no monitoring from language teachers and great support from parents (they would pay the bills after all) language lost to men and their technology. “Yours sincerely” became “yrs”, which was no more sincere, “sleep” slipped into “slp”, “the” became “d” and words in general went on becoming shorter and shorter till they bore no resemblance to the words we once learnt.
SMS was a novelty; when it came it came with limited space and it charged money. Sure enough, twisting the language was an economic necessity accompanied by time-saving communication as its byproduct. Though most people seem to believe that the latter was the primary function. Once everyone got a hang of it they mastered at sending wide messages in minimum space.
But I failed at adapting. I remember sulking at that one extra buck being charged at that one extra message being sent because that one extra character exceeded the limit. Then a few years down the line, technology smiled upon me and gave me the one thing I wanted. Unlimited space! Now I could type foot long messages without worrying about the penalty. But most of my friends didn’t seem to value this freedom.
“wt u dng ds evng? lets mt” (sic) < after struggling to make sense out of this message from a dear friend, which ogled back at me, I wrote, “Yes, I am free to meet you today evening.” The sad part is, this imbalanced exchange of discourses happened on WhatsApp, thus essentially over smartphones.
My argument is, smart phones give you a QWERTY keyboard and as though automated dictionaries are not enough of spoon feeding already, prediction also tags along. In this scenario, where even the developing technology seems to propagate the traditional / academic/ approved way in which language is written, shouldn’t it be natural for MEN to easily adapt to the newly old ways of writing?
So the question for you is, despite being served everything on a plate why are we going back to packaged food? If we love to use the most modern equipment then why are we still stuck with the SMS language? Is it because it’s too uncool to use actual words? Or maybe an addiction? Or is it an escape from misspelled words? Or maybe there’s something else that I’ve missed?