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WORDS

on June 23, 2009

The daughter is into BIG FIsh computer games and has acquired “BOOKWORM” .  Her score has reached 1,221,200 wds found, while my numbers haven’t even registered.  So?–you might inquire 🙂  Well, her lack of spelling skills is most of the time, while I, perhaps  not a spelling-champ, can pretty much avoid the dictionary.   However some of the words allowed include: kab, airt, nene, boff, quoin, nth, ulu, jaux, ghee, waur…and the list goes on:  i.e., “snog”  is Brit slang: to kiss, cuddle or fondle; “doit” is anything of trifling matter; and boff–no it’s not what you think….(look it up).  It’s mind boggling to say the least and opens up a whole new language for most of us claiming to be writers. Not that the using of such words would make a reader appreciate your knowledge of their meaning.  

Text messaging is becoming a favorite language among our younger generations as is “urban” and “street talk” which will no doubt eventually have an affect on our language.   (I’m waiting for the day a YA story is published using text/street word languages.)

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3 responses to “WORDS

  1. The English language has evolved along with so much else in today’s world, tho’ not necessarily for the better. I must admit the Urban Dictionary is enlightening. I’ll never absorb all the “new” words but they would certainly be an asset in a game of Scrabble, wouldn’t they?

    I’m afraid I’m still “old school” when it comes to text messaging… I can’t help typing out the whole word, complete with capital letters and proper punctuation, so the benefit of speed is lost on me.

  2. Shari says:

    “waiting for the day a YA story is published using text…” — that day has come, believe it or not! Lauren Myracle wrote three YA’s all in IM lingo. http://tinyurl.com/m722jz

    cya 😉

  3. Heather says:

    Okay, text messaging aside, I’m still trying to figure out how to make all those little emoticon faces! 🙂

    Heather

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