Acronyms & Social Communication - What are you saying?
Social Speak - is it the new language?
Simply and acronym is initials of abbreviations formed from using a phrase or name.
Acronyms aren't new, for example, CEO (chief executive officer).
What is new is the type of word formation and BLENDING of subtype.
Oh, I hear you say, that sounds exciting but what does that mean?
Basically the use of Acronyms has been popularised with the emergence of Short Message Systems (SMS). Ordinarily you have a character limit therefore creating acronyms keeps your message short and to-the-point.
Within this tapestry are other considerations such as ALL CAPS to highlight or scream your linguistic to your recipient or sideways smilies :-) and how can I leave out LOL (or laughing out loud).
I'm only mentioning the English language, what about Asian languages, German, Hebrew, Swahili?????
There is a downside however.
As technology is driving our speed, accuracy is falling fast behind. Spelling, punctuation, basic grammar etc. (and acronym for etcetera) is simply being replaced with acronyms. English skills drop and will make it difficult for generations to achieve better jobs. Writing a letter, resume or postcard will become difficult.
So where to from here? Will 'social speak' destroy writing or just change it?
Language has expanded vocabulary for common objects for centuries. Proto-English - Old English - Middle English - Early Modern English - Modern English - Social English... maybe!
I have mixed feeling about the impact on language however I'd suggest you do familiarise yourself with everyday acronyms or fear of being left behind and learn the new language.
Embrace and USE the web to educate yourself and RWI (roll with it).
How do you feel about Acronyms and Social Communication?
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About the Author
Tracy-lee Adams has provided creative design services for over 22 years to a wide range of industry types and company sizes.