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Bringin teh lolz

July 17, 2009 - Nikki Younk
One of my favorite elective classes in college was about different forms of writing and language from the past, from the present, and from all over the world. Everything from the angled scratches of ancient Mesopotamia to the gorgeous flowing script of the Georgians--it was fascinating to see how writing and language evolve over time.

I recently remembered that class when I was looking through some internet message boards. The English language of the internet is becoming more and more bizarre and distanced from the standard English we’re encouraged to use in professional settings.

There are abbreviations: omg = Oh My God, brb = be right back, lolz = laughing out loud (the ‘z’ adds emphasis); new words: pwn = to conquer (supposedly from the mis-typing of “own”), pr0n = pornography; and even new grammar rules: I Can Has Cheezburger? = Can I have a cheeseburger?

I wonder what kind of effect this will have on the English script and spoken language in another 50, 100, or 1,000 years. Come on, it took less than 1,000 years for spoken Latin to evolve into the earlier stages of the Romance Languages like Spanish, French, and Italian.

Sum day, we b all speekin liek teh internetz. kthanxbai.


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