From terms like “gobbledygook” to “literally” to “no cap,” it can be difficult to communicate — not only through language, but also using text messaging. Missing a period or a word and forgetting commas can make a message sent via email look like this sentence — and it’s annoying.
I’m done messing around, but it seems to me there are more “rules” broken today than basic communication guidelines. Now, please no one go complain to the internet or the schools. Again it’s almost normal today.
From generation to generation, communication is deep-rooted with each successive generation developing its own jargon. Someone can most likely trace words from the 1920s to words today, many will just have different meanings.
It could be argued that words should never change. For instance the meaning of the word gobbledygook has been shortened to nonsense even though the two words mean close to the same thing. I’m focusing on the term ‘close’ because no word has the exact same meaning as another. They just are very similar and take on different definitions.
University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) professor, Cynthia Faulkner said communication has gotten simpler because of the emoji.
“... I find that technology is more of a barrier rather than language itself,” she said.
University of Oklahoma (OU) football coach Lincoln Riley has “trained” his Twitter following by posting an eyeball emoji just before a player publicly announces their commitment to OU. Without a word being spoken, Riley’s fans know what that emoji means.
“The problem is with people reading less and watching TV more, their vocabularies aren’t being stretched,” Faulkner said. “That means writing at a more limited vocabulary. I’ve wasted many minutes trying to figure out what word a student thought they were using in order to guess at their meaning.”
She said the use of auto correct and not using a dictionary to learn the original meaning of words is to blame. The last time students used dictionaries was likely when they were in elementary school in the early 2000s.
“Shorthand words and abbreviations in texts and instant messaging contribute to this,” Faulkner said.
So, next time you send a text, think about how you can better articulate a sentence or paragraph using basic, but semi-advanced terms, to see if the receiver can better comprehend what you sent.
It might surprise you to learn how much basic English fails to be used.