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I have seen many comments around the internet regarding use of language and grammar. I generally try to make sure my written language follows the rules of the English Dictionary, although on Facebook and face to face, my language would appear like this: "sup, m8 how are u 2day. u left ur phone in my car".

As you can see, my friends and I use the word "ur" instead of "Your". Seriously, I believe this should be a word!

Also, here in London, we talk a lot of sarcasm. For instance: "Honestly am not hungry now" means: I'm hungry.

"I probs don't have a lesson now so I will go to the shop" Means: I can't go to the shop, because I have a lesson now.

Example of 1000's of word shortenings: "She is a Geature/Sheature" Means: She is a good/sh*t teacher.

There are a lot more and I can imagine it looks stupid to many older people, but we speak it fluently. The question is why do we continue to restrict ourselves to existing language rules. Should we allow it to evolve.

asked Mar 06 '11 at 12:11

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Grant Russell

edited Mar 06 '11 at 12:13

My only problem would be, does degraded language lead to degraded minds?

answered Mar 06 '11 at 17:00

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Ask youself! LoL jking.... :P

(Mar 07 '11 at 19:00) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

Yes, language should be allowed to evolve. It should not however, be allowed to devolve.

this might not be a good example, but basically, in a conversation with someone, I could say:

"tell me"
"enlighten me"

While "tell me" may be to the point, "enlighten me" has much more of a meaning. If we just look at the word, "enlighten" we can see it as "give me light". Light, as you know, comes from the sun and allows things like plants and life in general to grow and flourish. In this case, light is information which allows the brain to flourish.

So when I say, tell me, I'm saying tell me. But when I say enlighten me, I say "share the information that you have with me so that my brain can acquire knowledge and grow from it".

As you can see, these eloquent nuances of complex language is completely and utterly lost in LOL, LMAO! and various abbreviations and liberties taken by internet culture. This is what I mean when I say devolution. When words lose meaning, how will we know how to express ideas if we cannot even name them? A little too Orwellian for me...

I mean liek, wut? U shud b abl 2 type w@ ever u liek + every1 will b able 2 no wut ur saying lol amirite?

answered Mar 06 '11 at 20:03

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edited Mar 07 '11 at 19:03

Language should be allowed to evolve, but there should still be a line between informal and formal language. It is definitely easier to communicate with friends using abbreviations, etc. but this same sort of talk should not be used when talking to professors or your boss.

answered Mar 06 '11 at 17:17

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I believe Language has been evolving since old ages and no one can command that or control. For example here in Puerto Rico and other countries the English words: Sandwich, Parking, closet, between others has been accepted and are used a lot, if u come here you don't hear people saying the Spanish version: emparedado, estacionamiento,armario. nd in the English Language I believe they have words that have been adapted from other languages like Forte. And if you take and old piece of Literature you will find words as thy that are not used anymore. Language will change and will continue to change :)

answered Mar 06 '11 at 17:40

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Languages has and is evolving everyday. Look at the following four periods in the development of English.

  1. Old English (Anglo-Saxon) A.D. 450-1150

  2. Middle English 1150-1475

  3. Early Modern English 1475-1700

  4. Late Modern English 1700-present

English is evolving, but going from "your" to "ur" is a deterioration of the language, that's not evolving.

answered Mar 06 '11 at 21:08

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Luke oX

Language does evolve. Languages even become extinct. The French government has a special division whos sole job is preservation of the French language. When something is invented in another country, let's say the word "airplane", it's that division's job to invent a french word for it.

It is literally the job of that branch to make sure French does NOT evolve. Is that stupid or what?

answered Mar 07 '11 at 02:15

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I would like to see you try and stop it form evolving... Language has evolved since language was conceived.

However i don't think internet short hand should become common place.

answered Mar 07 '11 at 20:44

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