English v/s englsh – How Chat-Speak is ruining the art of conversation.

“Ur rite! They prolly dont no!” LOL, u have no idea what im sayn, do u?

Those sentences are in chat-speak, a language used by text-savvy people across the country. Although this may be difficult to read at first, the idea that this is ruining the English language maybe goes a bit too far. Throughout its history, the English language has constantly evolved. Today, many of us find reading works written hundreds of years ago, such as those of William Shakespeare, to be a daunting task. However, chat-speak takes the concept of simplifying the English language too far, manipulating it into something unreadable and counterproductive.

I understand the basic concept behind Internet lingo: Shortening words saves time when typing or texting. However, people often take this to extremes, resulting in wasted time as the reader spends twice as long attempting to decipher the message, let alone replying to it.

However, others argue that Internet lingo is easier than actually typing out a coherent sentence. To me, condensing every word to a mere three letters while capitalizing every other letter seems difficult, let alone exhausting.

One form of chat-speak that is gaining popularity is adding on extra letters to words. Nnot onlyyy iis thiss unnecessary, but itt refleccts pooorly uponnn theee peoplllee ooff ourrr ccounntryy  andd theiir abillity to speell properlyy.

While chat-speak may save time, are those three seconds really worth projecting a not-so-professional image? Chat-speak may be what all the cool kids are doing these days, but that doesn’t mean that employers or colleges are looking for people who can have entire conversations in abbreviations.

Once such example is “K,” originally meaning “Okay/ok”.  It can now be tagged onto the end of just about any expression, no matter how humorous, stripping it of its meaning entirely.

Chat-speak may indeed allow us to communicate faster, but it’s at the expense of proper English, which can only be summed up with an OMG.

If the English language is a computer, chat-speak is the virus and it’s spreading quickly. In order to uphold the foundation of English as a language, it’s simply a matter of the youth choosing what is grammatically correct over what is easy.


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