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A friend of mine posted on social media last week the widespread use of abbreviations and textual language.

The post noted that when the story is written in the future, it is unlikely to have correct spelling and punctuation. Some of the responses lightly joked about the trend. Other responses were more serious about what is happening with the process of verbal and written communication.

I think there is a serious side. In everyday life, many people do not pay attention to grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary. It has become acceptable to use practical acronyms.

Nobody says “Sports vehicle” because they are simply SUVs. We always say ATM rather than “automatic teller machine”. Most people say MRI without even knowing the full name.

Phrases like TTYL, OTOH, OMG and LOL have not only become standards on the phone, they have also made their way into the conversation.

It becomes a question of how much is too much. How far do we have to go to shorten our daily use of languages?

Sooner or later, most likely sooner, it could interfere with our understanding of the concepts. Knowing what MRI means makes a person more aware of the health care purposes for which it is used. Hearing the full phraseology of computer terms such as URL can provide starting points that expand the understanding of computer networks.

Another type of insight that might be affected is how we interpret each other’s comments. The abbreviation LOL could mean anything from “it’s half funny” To “that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all week”.

It is worth a few more words to get a better context. This leads to mutual understanding, which should not be taken for granted. If we do this, we are probably going to stop before we appreciate what someone is trying to say.

Good communication takes practice. Children should have many opportunities in their early years of education to speak and write complete sentences.

They should spend more time developing these communication skills than they spend working with keyboards. I would go so far as to say that it might even be worth delaying keyboard instruction until grade three, at which point students should have a lot of experience in reading comprehension, verbal expression, and speaking. solving math problems.

The keyboard should not be completely delayed until the third grade, but its use should be balanced with the overall development of thinking and self-expression skills.

If the kids just move forward on the keyboard, there could be a lot of trial and error. It is important to master the machines rather than being mastered by them. All the technical skills in the world will only reach their full potential if accompanied by an ability to relate to others and understand ideas.

Languages ​​remain the best tool for asking questions, for educating students, and for putting technical concepts into a format that any educated person can understand.

It remains to be seen what will happen in the future. We make choices every day about how to express ourselves.

Words that are difficult to spell or pronounce have historically a tendency to disappear from languages. To some extent, this is inevitable. The structure of a language, however, should continue to have a solid foundation filled with vocabulary and anchored by proper grammar and usage.

It is a pleasure to read the work of authors who have a perfect command of their language. The same ones that seemed bulky when I first started receiving readings in high school are now easier to enjoy many years later. It takes practice.

Hope we will continue to have high standards. Hopefully we will continue to make full use of all that our languages ​​have to offer.

– Jim Muchlinski is a longtime journalist and contributor to the Marshall Independent

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