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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Poetic texter...(idea #72)

I love words. I am not that good with them, but I love them. We all struggle with words. It is part of the human condition. The evolution of words brought about by texting has caused consternation in some quarters. Apparently we face an outrageous decline in our language. It is tempting to agree now that we exchange cards with greetings written in "textspeak". However, it is not easy to define the "decline" of a language, nor our usage of it.

Let the grammarians, linguists and self-appointed language guardians slug it out. We don't generally think of the change from using "cw" to the Franco-inspired "qu" as a decline, so perhaps writing "gr8" instead of "great" is not such a big deal either.

Dumbing down (there's that "decline" metaphor again) of language is not inevitable. Perhaps technology can help (as well as hinder). Why not introduce a "poetic text compiler" into our mobile phones, allowing us to select from various snippets of beautifully composed prose and a whole gamut of wonderful words? The thumb is mightier than the pen.

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