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High tech cuts words short

Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 5:06 PM

High tech cuts words short

Is it just me or does it seem the more technologically advanced we get, the shorter words we use?

We are obviously getting smarter (or at least our tools are smarter) but instead of using big words we instead use abbreviations. Could it be all our technology is making us lazy?

Some we use so often we easily recognize: NFL, FBI, CBS, ABC, PR and AA, etc. Those have been used for years and we really don't think much of it.

Then along came computers and we learned a lot more, including GB, CD-ROM, HD, AOL and others. In fact, after speaking to a salesman recently about computers I left feeling more confused than ever.

"Yes, the I5 is better than the HP 3020, but he AOD on the AC 2030, would be much faster and you want to stick with the 500GB and the 4KB, especially with the 14.4 and the 7 oz battery, that the GED and NCAD..."

Well, I might have lost a little in the translation, but what I heard was.."Lady, you don't have any clue what you're looking at, so I'm just going to keep talking until you buy something to get me to shut up."

It didn't work. I left -- with a headache -- deciding a gift certificate might be a better present.

Not only have computers given us a whole new language, but so have cell phones. Just listening to a commercial gets confusing.

I-phone, Droid, 3G, 67G, HTC EVO 4G, ABC, CDS -- just to mention (and maybe, make up) a few.

If I believed the advertisements (or my teenager) I would need to buy a new cell phone every two days because they get terribly outdated in a week.

Just reading about pricing and billing and there is no doubt that cellphones, too, have forever changed our language and added new acronyms ... QWERTY, Wi-fi, SMS and ringback?

Another "new" word often mentioned in cellphone bills is "overage" which I think means when you talk or text too much you have to pay 50 cents extra per word, or something like that.

But when I see it I can't help but read "Over Age", which I probably am when it comes to texting. Despite that, though, I decided to learn to do it anyway. (If you can't beat them join them, I say.)

Texting brings us to whole new language ... LOL, OMG, IMHO, WTH (edited newspaper-friendly version), G8, ....

I started out texting everything with appropriate grammer and punctuation, but after my husband pointed out it would be faster if I just wrote what I wanted to say on a dry-erase board and take a picture to send by phone -- I've started to abbreviate.

In fact the more I text, the lazier I get, using the shortest version of a word. I can only hope I don't start using R, instead of "are," or UR, instead of "your," in my "real" writing.

Sadly, though, I've heard myself say things like, "OMG, I can't believe you did that," or, "That commercial made me LOL!" It seems like too much work to actually say "Laugh Out Loud" or "Oh My Gosh."

On the farm, there has always been a different language, and I've had trouble keeping up. They've always used abbreviations and numbers like P, K, CRP, FSA, USDA, SCS, AI, JD 4020, 8560, WK1193B ... but now add all the technology and it can be very confusing.

The other day, I heard them talking about GPS, RTK, INSIGHT, and some other names. In fact listening to them I got very lost.

Then they went on to speak in a whole different language about camshafts, pistons, traction, compaction, AI, silage, etc.

I have no idea what they are talking about most of the time. But that doesn't really matter -- because as a mother I'm just really proud to have boys smart enough they do understand!!


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I know what you mean, actually I fear for our kids, I have a friend that is a school teacher, and the text language is so bad she has students actually using it on their papers, of course it is hurting their grades because it's not proper english and that's part of the grade. So, I love to read, but this new generation is going to be very limited on what they "can" read because it is not in "text speak", but I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before someone comes out with those books, and people like you and me won't be able to read them but our kids will! Also, because of texting, our kids our losing their social skills, they don't know how to walk up to someone and start a converstion, they can text them till the cows come home but an actual face to face conversation OMG!

-- Posted by MBGAL on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 9:35 AM

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