A while back, I asked my kids to write something interesting. I felt the children were being too comfortable with digital writing and ‘dear old’ handwriting was taking a backseat. After a little protest, they finally agreed.
So, the older one decided to write a letter to his cousin sister telling her about his summer vacation while the little one began to write the story of a dog.
After giving a long lecture on cases, grammar and punctuation to the older one, I turned towards the little one. He was frantically editing his work to escape my lecture. I took his copy and read the story of the dog-
“One day a small dog was HAND when he saw something.”
“What is the meaning of this? I don’t understand the sentence.”
“Mumma, what’s there to not understand?
“What’s this HAND doing in the middle of a sentence?”
“Mumma, it means the small dog was HAVING A NICE DAY (HAND) when he saw something. There was no space to write so I used short form. You understand short form, right?”
This was hilarious and the older one gave a thumbs up to lil bro. I told him short-forms are not acceptable in formal writing.
But would it be acceptable in the future? I thought.
English is changing so much, digital texting language may become more acceptable in formal English by the time my kids grow up. Good or bad, I don’t know (IDK).
Although many are not happy with the changes in the English language, some linguists say kids, far from destroying English, are innovating and enriching the language. This adaptability is the greatest strength of English. Words change forms, names becomes ACRONYMS and best of all English takes on local flavors. Don’t you agree?
This episode also made me realize – I need to keep up with the new lingo of this generation before I start receiving lectures.
Well, G2G at the moment, will BRB soon! LOL.
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