Thursday, November 17, 2011


Do you use emoticons? Do you do a lot of texting?

Smileys, keystroke expressions -- colons, parenthesis, dashes, and texting -- are for me what Pig Latin used to be -- a kid's way of excluding the adult world. Pig Latin is good to talk around your parents cause they won't know how to speak it.

Here is is a sample sentence: "Igpay atinlay isyay oodgay otay alktay aroundyay ouryay arentpays auscay ethay ontway ebay ableay otay understandaye. "

Yes, I used to speak Pig Latin expertly, but now it seems a really silly thing to do.

Why are so many people, adults as well as kids, texting and using emoticons. Why are others turning "you " into "U?" Why not express what you feel with words and say "I'm amused," rather than "LOL?" or inserting a Smiley, or ((: ?

Is condensing words, expressing yourself with symbols and abbreviations, an easier or faster way of communicating? Does it communicate more fully?

Does it imply you're with it? Cool? Too busy to waste time with an email? Maybe it makes you feel frisky, peppy, young, but it makes me fret. I have to search for the symbol and look it up. You are sending me on wild goose chase

Well, texting, emoticonning makes self expression simpler, briefer. But what is it really commentating? Isn't communicating the reason why you're cell-phoning, chatting, emailing, texting, sending pals emoticons ? Isn't it why you're on Facebook reading my blog, reacting to it and sending me comments?

Actually, when people send me emoticons, or keystrokes, I tend to skim what they've said.

Niall Ferguson (Newsweek columnist) said Americans 13 to 17 send and receive about 3,339 text messages per month -- girls average about 4000 or more. He said "If the earth was hit by a gigantic asteroid or engulfed by a super Tsunami, a teenager might send a last message -- C U later. or : ( ...

Yes. I had to look it up to figure out that it means "I'm not happy."

I think this stuff dumb-downs your mind. I think you need to use language, and words, more and more, not less and less.

Aside from words on TV and in films, writing words and reading words, gets you living a life other than your own, feeling things other than what's in your personal world -- looking at art, nature, the sky, the stars -- those twinkling far away specs that can light up your mind.

Hey guys, kids, grownups, old folks -- try NO texting, NO emoticons. If you're not sure what to say dig for a word, maybe another one and another -- say them, send them, toss them out and catch what gets tossed back at you and you're hearing and seeing and saying and feeling things.

Try it. It makes you taller, smarter --probably younger, sprier, and also rich -- richer in some of the ways, maybe even all of the ways you want to be rich.


Anonymous said...

Providing you speak well and use proper syllables and grammar when writing proper emails and documents there's no harm.

I'm sorry to say that if you're unwilling to change with the times, you're going to be left behind.

I expect that a sign "Get off my lawn" is in order.

eddie rotten said...

Where to begin. Emoticons are today's short hand. They are annoying but creative. Fast but lazy. Texting has changed as well. After all, I'm not even typing this. I'm saying it. Things are changing and I'm just like an emoticon. Fast but lazy, to jump on the band wagon. We swipe and tap our devices like a composer at the podium. The new art of communication is to not communicate at all. Where will it go next? Or I should say, where will we will it to go? In a way though, emoticons are just like you said. Simple. Primitive. And if our culture were to burn ourselves out, someday someone hundreds of years from now would see just how primitive we were with each other. By looking at our reluctant communication by emoticons, spray painted over what we once held as legacy. Our Words. :)

Always an honor to be a part of your blog Em.

Anonymous said...

Dear Emily-interesting blog! I don't know pig latin and don't text so I don't know alot of abbreviations. I thought "ty" was a danish word meaning goodbye-tie! Instead it just says thank you. Maybe I am richer without a cell phone to text. I like seeing and reading real words and sentences than trying to guess and look up what someone is saying. Does this make me old fashioned and a minority? Yes, but I am richer and wiser! kam Kathleen Ann McGee

Carola said...

I never use emoticons although I don't mind receiving them. I can see the advantage of texting when you have a message for someone that can't wait until the end of the day. Their cell phone doesn't ring; you don't interrupt them. And the abbreviations (like U) make sense for texting. But I am sort of flabbergasted at the way people just text each other all the time. This fad too will pass.

Linda Phillips said...

Em, I have no idea how to Text.I know I have that ability on my cell phone, but I also know it will cost me extra, plus it seems absurd to me.

In defense of LOL and all of the emotions, I have been a chatter online since 1995. It's simply part of the whole ball of wax for chatters. It indicates what you are trying to say and not have it confused or misinterpreted . It does help when chatting.

I also have hand function issues, so sometimes it just is easier to do it.

grammakaye said...

I don't text, but I do tweet, at 140 characters a tweet max I use some abbreviations & 'emoticons' & hashtags (#) ~

Dear ((((((EM))))))) #loveya ~ smh ~ ;)
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I'm @grammakaye on twitter

Anonymous said...

i really love reading your blog