Grifter's Rant #1
Just wondering... While living in this crazy electronic age, did anyone else resent the stupid internet lingo that was emerging, and swear never to adopt it? I remember seeing "LOL" everywhere, and totally despising it... Honestly, it made my stomach turn to see that immature "teeny-bopper" language being born. I hated instant messaging like MSN and ICQ, because of being swamped by LOL OMG TTYL ROFL.
I still hate it, but use SOME of it now, because it's just easier to go with the flow. I see alot more has been added to this "shorthand" over the years, and I've noticed something: It can save you time when typing, but when used excessively, it takes twice as long for the person on the other end to decipher. For me at least, it takes alot longer to read the condensed version. It's kind of inefficient in it's efficiency. It defeats the purpose, I think, because it's too choppy and intermittent. Proper writing flows... One word blends into the next, so you don't come screeching to a halt all the time. It's beautiful! It may contain more characters, but you don't read LETTERS. You read WORDS! Try and look at a word and only read one letter of it. It's impossible! It takes the same amount of time to read BF as it does to read Boyfriend. Look at this word, but don't read it: Carrot. It can't be done...
Maybe I'm just old fashioned and unable to grasp the supposed advantage behind the concept. People on Myspace are constantly leaving me messages composed entirely of internet slang, and it's frustrating. It has frustrated me to the brink of insanity, and now I have to vent to you fine people. (Sorry!) Here, read these two identical sentences and see which one is faster to get through:
"YEA I H8 TRYIN TA READ STUF WEN SUM PPL INSIST ON RITIN LIKE DIS ALL DA TIME ITS EVEN WURS WEN NOBODY EVR USES NE PUNCTUATION BCUZ IT MAKS IT SO HARD 4 ME 2 TEL WHN THY R DUN RITIN A SENTENCE N STARTN A NEW 1 IT SO DUM WEN PPL JUS USE CAPS 2 IT SUX TRYIN TA READ NE THIN PPLY"
"Yeah, I hate trying to read stuff when some people insist on writing like this all the time. It's even worse when nobody ever uses any punctuation, because it makes it so hard for me to tell when they are done writing a sentence, and starting a new one. It's so dumb when people just use capitals, too. It sucks trying to read anything properly."
Hey, I just noticed something... Both lines take up roughly the same amount of screen space! Since we don't read letters, but rather words, the only advantage to shortening words would be if it took up less screen space for our eyes to cover... But it doesn't! So, our eyes go through the same amount of movement to accomplish the same task. No time is saved at all. I guess you could use all lower case letters to save space, but the fact remains: You practically have to learn a second language in order to read with any speed. Personally, I don't feel like wasting space in my brain to learn my own language for a second time.
I suppose there is no problem with typing "lol" or "ttyl" as long as you know how to spell "laugh out loud" and "talk to you later". I understand the theory behind the whole thing, but honestly think there is a useful limit. Once that limit is crossed, it's more of a fad, than anything else... And I hate those!
Ok, I'll stop. I originally typed alot more than this, but cut out a few of the last paragraphs because I was getting off the topic of internet slang, and onto spelling, and the "education" system. I tend to scare people away with colossal posts! I can't really blame them for not wanting to waste valuable time reading gibberish that, in a cosmic sense, is about as important as Paris Hilton's sex life, lol. (Grrr.... I used it!)
If any form of discussion starts up here, I'll add more.