Wednesday, 13 February 2008

2 rite or not 2 rite

(Misquoted from Shakespeare's Hamlet)

Is SMS language (cu l8r, etc.) acceptable English? Some people say not. English should be correct and formal. Others seem to think it's the only form of English in existence. Many English essays for school and final exams have contained terms like "u" for "you" and "2" in place of "to". If so many people are using it, how can we say it's not accepted? On the other hand, as long as there are objections how can we say it is accepted? My take on it is that it's not accepted - yet. SMS language is growing into a widely used style of writing and I think it will be accepted for its ease of use, but I don't think it will ever replace "standard" English - after all "2" could be "to", "too" or "two" and "u" could mean "ewe". Perhaps we will have two Englishes in the future. Who knows?

No comments:

Post a Comment