This week our Mood Swing columnist, Andrea Ratti, struggles with web and text language infiltrating the language of everyday life and he certainly isn't LOLING
I’m all for modern times and the evolution of language, but lately I’ve been hearing and seeing things that make my blood boil. We all know the internet has done some wonderous things to written language: abbreviations, acronyms and smileys have completely changed and flattened the way we communicate. I do it myself and find nothing wrong with it, but where do you draw the line?
I am witnessing a dangerous drift lately: the transposition of web-language into everyday life. Shouldn't I be infuriated by a 14-year-old girl saying something like «lolz ure so -.-» ? The astounding thing, other than the fact that she couldn’t find a word that would express “-.-“, is the said girl would actually flatten her facial features in order to emulate the “-.-“, i.e. three bits of punctuation. My sweet girl, I don’t think we were given facial muscles for that purpose.
I might be a bit of a snob regarding this, as a (loser) child I used to love to flip through a thesaurus just to see what would pop out. Just remember to kill me if you see me around town and I tell you I really «g2g :-* xx».
This week’s song is Monarchy’s great remix of Penguin Prison’s ‘A Funny Thing’: «A funny thing that happened once / It never stopped and now it’s dumb».
Written by Andrea Ratti