Do you like to write words in ‘short forms’? Few popular examples can be: ‘tbt’ that stands for ‘to be true’, ‘brb’ for ‘be right back’, then ‘tbh’ that means ‘to be honest’, and then ‘btw’ indicating ‘by the way’. I know how lot of people would react to seeing short forms like these, but the truth is, many do use them too, especially in the social networking sites.
Recently I have been watching some of my newly teen-aged cousins flooding my Facebook and Twitter news feed with posts that would include these short forms of words. One of the posts that caught my eye yesterday read something like “Wtf, xms are announced 2 b hld in 3ds frm 2dy!”. Well, if you are like me, then it must have taken you more than a minute to understand the sentence. For your comprehension, here’s what the sentence actually meant- “What the fudge, exams are announced to be held in 3 days from today!”. Pretty annoying, huh?
Personally I feel, the habit of writing in short forms do fade away after a few years of teen age phase, but the concern is, how much the fellow readers are bothered till then. Does it feel okay or does it make you feel angry to stumble when you come upon such words?
For me, it does not make me feel angry but it surely makes me sympathize on people who have not found the beauty in using full words that has the power of resonating a language well expressed.