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Chat Acronyms and Text Shorthand: Staple need or unnecessary habit?

June 26, 2014 by Soha Naveed

With the rise of innovations in the technological sector, communication has been made broader and easier. With internet present in our pockets now through smartphones, communication between individuals and groups has become easier, faster and practical than before. One of the most used, yet loved means of communication is texting.

With the advent of texting, it has introduced tons of apps, innovations and even a new perspective to communicate with one another.  One of which is the way people use their sentences and words in communication with each other. You cannot only find this way of communication in texting, but also in online chatting as well. The use of shortened word spellings, acronyms and even short forms of sentences in texting with all the words and characters in a text is extremely common, being patronized by every other texting lover. Chat acronyms and text shorthand have become a part of our communication now. 

The use of chat acronyms allow the users to communicate in their ways. People communicate their ideas, thoughts and stories at a speed as fast as lightning by using shorthand. Texting and chat lovers are found using acronyms the most. Nonetheless, new short texting words are invented every day, making the old ones sound really old. Take ‘g2g’ for example. Instead of the abbreviated form of ‘got to go’ people now use ‘ttyl’ – which means ‘talk to you later’ in text definition.

Are Chat Acronyms Ruining the Language of the Users?

Chat language has evolved itself just the way other prevailing languages do. The question here is – is this good for our youth using short forms of language to talk to each other? The chat language has affected the overall spellings and vocabulary of the uses as they communicate more time talking to each other through texting means. With sentences like “RU cmng 2 prt @ Josh’s plc 2nite?” instead of “are you coming to party at Josh’s place tonight?” is not the type of sentence that would fancy the grammar skills of the users. Such language may be easy in using as the need of sentence building knowledge, capitalization and even punctuation is extremely less. However, this causes hindrance in the language and communication growth of the users. This largely affects the language from an educational point of view as well.

Is Texting Killing English Language?

Looking at all the above mentioned pros and cons and from the surveys conducted till date, the use of chat acronyms is definitely killing the English language. As free texting apps like Viber, Yello and WhatsApp increase in usage, people use more of short texting forms. The texting maybe quicker and faster with the use of text shorthand, but student’s lack of using proper English skills is extremely less now. This however can be curbed as all these apps are used on smartphones and every smartphone nowadays has their auto correct which can easily build a sentence without delay or ruining of the English Language. Nevertheless, the use and creation of shorthand and acronyms prove how outstanding a human brain is towards the technology, but it turns out that the users are much more knowledge deprived as they spend most of their time communicating in a language that is not officially used any place else, but their chats and texts. 

The market of chatting is growing day by day and the target it captures is gets younger and younger. The text-savvy lovers are exposed to trends that affect their intellect by using certain short language. The grammar and spellings itself is an issue. No doubt, chatting is a blessing in various ways, but it could cause human brain downfall. Balance is always required.

 

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