Sunday, 1 July 2007

Squiggly crap language...what the?

Is it just me or are we losing the plot when it comes to our language skills? I get weird emails sent to me with squiggly dot-dash symbols that are supposed to mean love or happiness or dislike or pick up milk at the supermarket and I wonder why we don’t just write the actual words without out the symbolic babble. You’ve seen it – :) or :-) or some other variation. I mean come on! Who makes this squiggly crap language up anyway and why does everyone then jump on the writing squiggly crap bandwagon? Are our own languages, that have been around for centuries, not good enough? Will squiggly crap language be around in one hundred years? Is it phonetically or linguistically possible to utter? Or is it just some plot to make us all illiterate? Or is it a subtle way of making us learn an alien language before they land on Earth? Hmmm?

I had to learn French in High school because one of the alternatives to French was Biology and after “Frog- gate” (To this day I still say it was not me that let them go. They were just incredibly smart frogs that saw an opportunity) my mother insisted they get me out of Biology – to be honest there was not a lot of opposition after the frog-gate incident – and put me in French class. It was not that I particularly wanted to parlez vous Francais, it was more it was that or I would have to take Chemistry and other than burning holes in the science lab desks with acid it was a fairly dull subject. Anyway back to French – it’s been around thousand of years. It is a beautiful sounding when spoken by anyone but an Aussie. But I did okay in my brief sojourn bumming around France. I could ask “ou est le toilette?” and “combien?” when I wanted to buy stuff. So there is a point to French. What does squiggly crap language sound like?

I have also had the good fortune to learn how to swear in several other languages while travelling overseas. Always very advantageous when you are young and doing dumb things overseas and you need to tell that man to get his hand off your arse in Italian or for someone to go forth and multiply in Polish. Can you do that with squiggly crap language? Does it have the same impact? I think not.

So, I refuse to follow the squiggly crap language trend. Please comment in English or swear in Italian or Polish…thank you

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Phoenix said...



<3, KK

Anonymous said...

Succinct, Kelly. Right to the point. ;-*

<3, AC