Have you ever noticed how the internet has changed our language? On Facebook you “like” things. Like is a great word but now it is used much more. And you also “comment” on things. Yes, we have always done these things. But now when you hear these words you automatically think of Facebook. The other day when I was on Hulu I found a tv series that I really liked and wanted to save it and to put it as one of my favorites it said I “favorited” it. Favorite with a d at the end? That’s kind of weird.
We also use letters for phrases rather than just typing the whole thing out. We’re big on shortcuts. LOL, ROFLMAO, BRB, TTYL, WTF, STFU, OMG How easy it is to just type those letters instead of a bunch of words.
Google is a search engine but it also a verb. When I look something up, I googled it. And people know exactly what I did. They don’t think I looked at someone. They know that I researched something.
It’s interesting how language has changed. I hope with all of these changes that we don’t forget the beauty of good writing. It’s fine in casual writing to do that type of stuff but it’s important to know the basics. We don’t want to forget what real writing is.