'I wrote 2U B4'! British Library shows up textspeak as soooo 19th century

fate-of-faye:

hydeordie:

If u really r annoyed by the vocabulary of the text generation, then a new exhibition at the British Library should calm you down. It turns out they were doing it in the 19th century – only then they called it emblematic poetry, and it was considered terribly clever.

Details were announced today of the library’s new exhibition devoted to the English language, exploring its 1,500-year history from Anglo-Saxon runes and early dictionaries to not dropping your Hs and rap.

The show will demonstrate how quickly language can change (does anyone today give a second thought to asking for a latte?), and how the same debates and fears crop up time and again. For example, one of the exhibits will be Jonathan Swift’s Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue, from 1712, in which he angrily suggests that English is in chaos and a state-sanctioned group of experts is needed to “fix” it for ever.

SRSLY?!

"130 years before the arrival of mobile phone texting, Charles C Bombaugh uses phrases such as ‘I wrote 2 U B 4’. Another verse reads: ‘He says he loves U 2 X S,/ U R virtuous and Y’s,/ In X L N C U X L/ All others in his i’s.’"

The universal law of sex—if you can think of it, someone has done it—applies equally well to language.

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    If u really r annoyed by the vocabulary of the text generation, then a new exhibition at the British Library should calm...
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    Good read! I do hate the shortened texting use of our language, but I have to admit it is helpful in a pinch :)
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    But that doesn’t mean it’s not annoying as shit now.
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    amazing.
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    I really find languages and how they change interesting. Just everthing about them. I already thought about studying...