When the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) starts adding words to their recognized terms, it says something about our culture. For all the grammarians being driven crazy by the shortened phrases and misspelled words, it may be time to go with the flow. I don’t consider myself a grammarian, but I just get annoyed when I see words which have been made popular by texting make their way into a professional email, article or news story. You know the ones I’m talking about:
TTYL – Talk To You Later
LOL – Laugh Out Loud
OMG – Oh My God
I think these words being added to the OED can be traced down to friends. Why? Well, it’s friends who text each other incessantly. Friends want to keep in touch with each other, and texting makes it incredibly easy. I still prefer to pick up the phone, it’s more personal… but I’m old school. So while I’m a bit resistant to adopt texting as a form of communication, I’m finding it too hard to ignore. I’ll receive texts and feel an obligation to reply. Friendships are too important. I don’t want to lose any friends just to make a point of my frustration with texting as a form of communication.