…just like the cracker barrel?
Sorry, I had to do that. Any of my CCP cohorts who might read this will get it.
Anywho, I’m going to be starting classes soon as at Rutgers University, along with thousands of other students (like tens of thousands), this coming Wednesday. Due to my age, I’m considered a ‘non-traditional’ student. It feels anomalous to me. The last time I was in school (aside from my online courses,) I was the youngest in my program. My previously chosen career path was typically one that was ‘second’ profession, meaning I shared a majority of my classes with those in their mid to late 40’s. Now, while I might not be the oldest, I will definitely be of the ‘older set.’
In the process of making myself more familiar with the systems and getting questions answered, I’ve run across a decent number of traditional students-those who are going into college straight out of high school or are transferring in after spending 2 years at a local community college They are an interesting group, to say the least. Most of them don’t know what it’s like to not have internet, and texting is second nature (ok, see? Firefox spell check doesn’t even recognize ‘texting’ as an actual word.)
Social media has become a way of life…I have no issues admitting that I’m on FaceBook and other various networking sites through out the day. However, I am constantly amazed by the use of what I call ‘text speak’ or ‘im speak’ in regular communication, particularly in the younger crowd. Email, message boards, it doesn’t seem to matter…the hideous use of that language created by the need to limit ones characters has seeped its way into everyday speaking. I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out a thread where the posters had apparently removed every vowel (seriously, they held an entire conversation this way.)
Call me old fashioned. Call me a fuddy-duddy. But darn it, I got a phone with a QWERTY keyboard so I would seldom (if ever) have to use text speak. Yes, I use things like LOL, OMG, ROFL, etc, but substituting ‘gud’ for ‘good?’ ‘Da’ for ‘the’ and ‘dat’ for ‘that?’ Remove the articles and spell the other words correctly, please.
My fear is that this type of ‘language’ will replace proper words and grammar rules. I see posts and texts and it makes the grammarian in me weep bitter little tears. Heck, I don’t even like to abbreviate in tweets. I’ll remove spaces first.
I wonder if people actually write their school papers that way…or if it will get to the point that we’ll have ‘foreign language’ classes for us ‘old’ folk so we can understand what the heck is being said.