Saturday, April 10, 2010

SIS: AMSAT (Sleepless in Seattle: Adorable Movie Starts Annoying Trend)

[originally written for on 7/09/08]

Having grown up in the technology age, I know how hard it can be to type quickly in instant messages, chat rooms, and texts. Abbreviations and acronyms are e-communicators saviors. Think about it. When we speak, we don't have to think letter by letter. It take mere moments to say, "That's so funny, I'm literally rolling on the floor with laughter," but it took me quite a bit of time to type out that sentence.

Abbreviations like  rotfl, lol, lmao, omg, ftw, brb, btw, etc are essential to communicating by typing at the same speed we communicate verbally. But now people are saying them out loud! Is the phrase "be right back" really that difficult to speak? Does a person really need to say, out loud, "B.R.B."? I cannot believe the phrase "Oh, my God," is so mentally taxing it has to be shortened. Maybe people are just avoiding breaking a commandment. I don't know, O.M.G could mean, "Oh, my gosh." I can't tell if you're blaspheming or not.

You might be fooled into thinking this trend just came from the internet generation, and you would be wrong. It goes as far back as "Sleepless in Seattle." Watch that video and you'll see what I'm talking about. Gaby Hoffman made kids think, with her better than thou attitude, that speaking in abbreviations made you sound cooler. It doesn't. Today's people have the internet to blame their stupid speech patterns on. Gaby Hoffman abbreviated to make speaking easier.

Let me repeat that, TO MAKE SPEAKING EASIER. What's easier than speaking? It's a basic human function. OMG, people. WTF?!?!?!?

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