…txtg nd riting n d mdern way is hrd… I’m 2 old 4 dis sht…

…it’s a given that each successive generation as it ages has occasion to shake its communal head and mutter, ‘wasn’t like that when we were growing up’…  or other such epithets… the continuous search for the elusive ‘balance’ between ‘progress’ and retention of the ‘old and trusted ways of doing things’ is never going away… Twitter and the advent of mobile communication devices have spawned a whole new generation with a language all of its own… textese… the art of crucifying the English spoken WURD on a wee screen…

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…the almost virtual obliteration of the vowel has made it clearly an endangered species… interchanging numerals for real phrases and WURDS is sum’thing that used to appear only on gimmicky quiz shows decades ago… acronyms replace entire paragraphs… and I dare say at some stage ‘War and Peace’ will be reduced to a couple of hundred squiggly characters on some Blackberry genius’ hands… intelligible only to those who have grown up with the art of decimating our speech skills… it certainly defies my wee grey cells… so, I’m wond’ring… have I also become part of an endangered species?… the instilled teaching methods of 50 and 60 years ago rammed the three ‘R’s into my brain, and try as I may, I find it very difficult (read ‘impossible’) to ditch the learning of a lifetime… oh, I know, Mabel, I sum’times mess about with WURDS on the blog here, but I’m still a happy slave to putting full spelling of my messages on tweets and text messages… and don’t forget, full stops and capital letters for new sentences, too… and while I’m at it… what bluudy mastermind thought that equipping school kids with pocket calculators would improve their numeric talents?…

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…I’ve lost count of the number of times when, for example, I’ve handed a ten-denomination banknote to a store check-out clerk for a purchase of, say five, and watch them tap into the till to calculate the change back… whatever happened to the ability to do fractions and decimals via mental arithmetic?…txtg nd riting nd nmbrs n d mdern way is 2 hrd… I’m 2 old 4 dis sht… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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22 responses to “…txtg nd riting n d mdern way is hrd… I’m 2 old 4 dis sht…

  1. Seumas, I totally agree with you. What makes it worse for me is that I used to teach reading and writing to children in First and Second Grade. I think “no” when I see the new stuff. 😦

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  2. I was laughing reading your post! And oh dear; I felt it was myself talking to my daughter 🙂

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  3. Do you want some cheese with that whine? No wonder the kidz all think we are old geezers…I suppose it’s because it’s true. Ah well, no worries, we get to check out before the real shidz hitz the proverbial fan. 🙂

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  4. I’m with you on the “making change” business! When I worked in retail, we were taught to figure out the change owed then to count it back, speaking out loud, as we handed it to the customer – not just hand over the entire collection of coins andsay nothing. This way we had two checks that we had made correct change, and the customer was ensured they had not been shortchanged.

    Texting is really shortchanging us on the language, isn’t it? And no worries if that spelling isn’t correct …

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  5. Best training ever was having my (then) 10-13 year old daughter make change at the store we owned. Nothing annoys me so much as giving someone change so they can give me back a quarter and they can’t figure it out. Texting and tweeting with only 140 characters has forced us to come up with abbreviations. I’m okay with it there, but it seems the kids forget all that when they are writing anything else. But even us old folks (not you or me however) seem to get confused with the proper use of their/there/they’re and your/you’re and to/two/too. Those are my pet peeves

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  6. Working on a military installation leaves me drowning in a sea of acronyms, and sometimes reading certain posts people make online is like trying to solve a rebus, I do tend to leave out vowels when I’m rapidly writing in longhand (my own personal form of shorthand for myself), but I cringe in embarrassment if I misspell something I know someone else will be reading!

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  7. Back when I had the Real World fooled into providing me with a regular paycheck, I would run a class every year for new hires and new interns. In that class, I’d explain about writing in full sentences, not using numbers as words or parts of words (4, 2, w8), making eye contact, etc. And, of course, not wearing baseball caps in the office — either forward or reversed.

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  8. Reblogged this on The Linden Chronicles and commented:
    Cn u mptze with dis?

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  9. LOL! I had to read your post title a couple of times before I realised what it meant, hehe!

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