Chop Suey Anyone?


 

Our English language is changing. We’ve come a long way since “Roger and Out” and “Pig Latin.” The written word especially is becoming so dumbed down I fear we’ll soon revert to the grunting stage. An extreme overuse of acronyms blended with fast paced Internet lingo makes for language chop suey.

Two people connecting on a chat site:

Chatter #1: “HF” (Hello friend)
Chatter #2: “HAWTLW” (Hello and welcome to last week)

Chatter #1: “HIG?” (How’s it going?)
Chatter #2: “K; U?” (Ok; You?)

Chatter #1: “NM” (Never mind)
Chatter #2: “J/C” (Just checking)

Chatter #1: “GAS?” (Got a second?)
Chatter #2: “EM?” (Excuse me?)

Chatter #1: “CICYHW?” (Can I copy your homework?)
Chatter #2: “WIIFM?” (What’s in it for me?)

Chatter #1: “DQYDJ” (Don’t quit your day job)
Chatter #2: “LOL” (Laughing out loud!)

Chatter #1: “NM” (Never mind”)
Chatter #2: “HINMP” (Hey, it’s not my problem.)

Chatter #1: “TAL” (Thanks a lot)
Chatter #2: “RWSF?” (Are we still friends?)

Chatter #1: “IDTS” (I don’t think so)
Chatter #2: “IDGI” (I don’t get it)

Chatter #1: “HTRJ!” (Hit the road jack!)
Chatter #2: “OW!” (Oh well!)

Author: “UGH; GRRR!”

GRRR!

GRRR!

© Jeanne E. Webster

Have you noticed that our English language is changing? We’ve come a long way since “Roger and Out” and “Pig Latin.” The written word is becoming so dumbed down I fear we’ll soon revert to the grunting stage. An extreme overuse of acronyms blended with the fast paced Internet lingo makes for “language chop-suey.”

Here’s an illustration of this theory. Two people connecting over a chat site:

 

Chatter #1: “HF” (Hello friend.)

Chatter #2: “HAWTLW.” (Hello and welcome to last week.)

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Chatter #1: “HIG?” (How’s it going?)

Chatter #2: “K. U?” (Ok; You?)

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Chatter #1: “NM” (Never mind.)

Chatter #2: “J/C” (Just checking.)

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Chatter #1: “GAS?” (Got a second?)

Chatter #2: “EM?” (Excuse me?)

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Chatter #1: “CICYHW?” (Can I copy your homework?)

Chatter #2: “WIIFM?” (What’s in it for me?)

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Chatter #1: “DQYDJ.” (Don’t quit your day job.)

Chatter #2: “LOL!” (Laughing out loud!)

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 Chatter #1: “NM!” (Never mind!”

Chatter #2: “HINMP.” (Hey, it’s not my problem.)

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Chatter #1: “TAL.” (Thanks a lot.)

Chatter #2: “RWSF?” (Are we still friends?)

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Chatter #1: “IDTS.” (I don’t think so!)

Chatter #2: “IDGI.” (I don’t get it!)

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Chatter #1: “HTRJ!” (Hit the road jack!)

Chatter #2: “OW!” (Oh well!)

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Author: “GRRR!”