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On Language, my $.02
Perhaps this is something I should join Mr. Fry in trying to keep down in myself...

Perhaps. At very least, the idea will take a great deal of getting used to. ;-)



I can, at very least, say with full honesty that I do, indeed, enjoy language... Every chance I get. On the one hand, I don't see my OCD tendencies for "getting it right" as a impediment against that end, but, on the other, I do have to admit that Shakespeare, as noted, did make a great many leaps and tight curves in regards to language as well.

I do think it's worth noting that when the author of Hamlet did something of non-standard nature with language, it was done to enhance language and enrich communication... U and Ur and R and the likes do nothing to enhance language or enrich communication.

There is, I think, a great deal of difference between taking a well used tool and finding a new use for it, bringing another word or phrase from another language into your own, or turning a word on it's side and wringing a new use out of it, and simply shoving the wrong word into the wrong slot just because you're too ignorant to know the difference between words, or too lazy to find the right tool in the first place... One is an act of creation, while the other is just an act of brutish stupidity.

But then... Am I making a valid point, or just slipping back into curmudgeonly pedantry?

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lemonlimer From: lemonlimer Date: November 7th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think U and Ur and R and the likes perhaps enhance the speed of communication. They also alter your tone if you're going for that effect.

But I just wanted to say- I was at Publix the other day, and the sign did say "10 Items or Fewer"!! heh

(I hate when people use things like 'your' for 'you're' but he does make a point in that it doesn't significantly hinder what meaning they're trying to get across)
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