Text messaging culture.
Granted, I'm sure I sound like a dottering old Granny complaining about these kids and their rock-a-billy music. I am okay with that. I am worried about these kids and their text messaging. On many levels.
I am worried the young children growing up using text, shall I say, lingo, will never know how to form a complete sentence. I'm concerned not only for their parents and teachers, but their brains. I am worried that they will come to believe "How R U?" is actually a sentence. Instead of choosing words to express themselves, they rely on strange abbreviations. What if they never learn the real words?
A person could lose sleep.
Sure, this would be the same person that is deeply disturbed by creative spelling in advertising (Kountry Kookin' Kitchin', et. al.) and missing possessives in signage.
Maybe it's my own fear of losing my own vocabulary through Mom Brain, I don't know. I worry. I cringe. I shake my imaginary cane.
I say use your words people! Stretch your vocabulary. Engage your brain.
High-Horse Soap Box Disclaimer: I am by no means perfect. I make spelling and grammatical mistakes. Commas vs. semi-colons confuse me. However, I try to use the gift of language correctly. This text messaging vernacular really concerns me as it gradually permeates our communication. Sure, I take shortcuts and use abbreviations from time to time. I understand why they are helpful, they still bother me.
Have I hit a nerve? How do you feel about Text Lingo? Is there a solution?