I recently read an interesting blog about bad Grammar, and how Social Media is partly to blame. This subject intrigued me, as I’ve recently been reading through some CV’s and I was shocked at the mistakes people had made (in a formal document for a potential employee). ‘allot’ was often put as one word, ‘i’ not capitalised, and sentences without comma’s. And I know I am not the best person to lecture people about Basic English, but isn’t it worrying to think about what will become of our English language in 5 – 10 years time?
With Twitter only allowing 140 characters, and text messages (before contract phones), limiting you to 160, it isn’t surprising that words are being shortened, with no punctuation, and slang words are commonly used. Even large companies are using text language in their advertising, as a way to target young people!
Now we can all turn and blame Social Media, but is it a problem far greater than this? Could it be partly the schools fault? After reading Hanna Torp’s discussion over some research carried out, I agree that schools do not seem to have moved with the times and embraced new kinds of media, which their students are already using. Teachers need to use these mediums themselves, to show students their proper use, and how they could be used more effectively.
How can students learn that the Internet is not just a playground where you can use teenager speech, but that it’s by far the most important forum of professional communication for almost every field, if their school teachers keep understating the Internet?
But not everyone sees “txt spk” as a bad thing, and instead, they think it “shows a clever manipulation of the English language” as it is an “ingenious and playful tangle of acronyms and abbreviations”.
I personally don’t agree with these comments, but think that this ‘SMS Language’ has a time and a place, to which at certain points, people don’t know where to draw the line.
So, should we all just accept that our language is evolving? As after all, we don’t all talk in Latin or speak like Shakespeare anymore, so could this just be the next stage for Modern English?
Thanks for reading. Elizabeth Harmon.