Yesterday afternoon I was reading a few Facebook status updates when I came across one that took me at least four times of reading to understand yet alone understand. It was written in some form of shorthand or lost language of hieroglyphics. There were brackets but I think they were meant to show character expressions rather than a form of gramar undertone. There were fits of laughter but because of the positioning came across as nervous laughter rather than enjoyable. At any rate, it caused me to write the following status update of my own:
I would prefer if people would get over the TXT language and the shortcut mindset of social media and begin to rediscover grammar and vocabulary.
That update has (as of this morning when I deleted it to start a fresh day) received 22 likes and 36 comments (I will hold all references to this is how your fan page should be looking with each status update….) and sparked a bit of conversation that as Michelle Bing put it, covered the evolution of language, literacy skills, privacy issues, loss of identity, and road signs. Maybe even a little neuroscience too!
So I thought today we could come up with our own list of social media acronyms and developmental/experimental language. All you have to do is leave your favorite acronym or acronyms and what they mean in a comment. By the end of the day we should have quite a nice list. Ready? Go!