Thursday, December 13, 2007
Textidiocy and emoticonflict
Since having children I have realised that they go through a period when everything they say sounds like it is being filtered through a moron sieve. From about the age of 11 through to 18 they might as well be talking a foreign language. My own love of language, and specifically the written word, has been tested to the extreme during this time. It appears that they not only feel the need to grunt rather than enunciate a word, but they have also employed another language of which I want no part ( brb)
I'm talking about text language, or txtspk - grr. Is it not bad enough that we are subject to our children missing vital letters from spoken words but now they are disposing with vowels and punctuation from their writing. I am aware that we live in an abbreviated world and I am often scampering after the in-crowd to understand the latest fad of the day but this is not acceptable (angry face).
Along with this form of communication comes the emergence of the emoticon :) Grrr again. I am fed up with the Feckers MSN messages to me being littered with emotional faces faces when I have only informed them that their supper is ready!
There can, of course, be endless fun (winks lasciviously) and those bloody little smiley faces are no doubt useful for replacing nuance and sarcasm that may be lost in the hastily written note but should we be worried (puzzled face)?
I read recently of the concerns that children are using text language in their exam papers and don't even mention the lack of capital letters (cries).
I suppose we just wait it out and hope that they will one day our children will learn to spk and txt properly again (c u l8ter smirks cheekily).