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Destroying or Creating a New Language

Time is not only money, but a rusher. Besides being a human creation, time has also become an
unstoppable centrifugal power in modern society. Nobody and nothing are out of its scope. Time
is the centre of all excuses and plans because everything is measured or valued according to the
time it takes. As a result, our lives are remarkably conditioned by this mythological god Chronos
and his laws.
At present, we are living in a speeding-up century and everything is wanted to be faster. With a
snap of fingers or a click you could have almost the whole world at your doorstep, have any
kind of information, buy anything from ten thousand miles home and get it in a week at least, pay
all your bills and chat with as many friends or contacts you want to. In short, the creature has
become the master.
Even language has been rushed by this invisible tick-tack. Social networks and mobile devices are
forcing human creativity until zipping language into codes and symbols to safe time texting.
Experts have called it for a long time language economy, but now it has been turning into a kind
of parallel language that you should know, if you are studying English as a foreign language.
Language economy is not exclusive to English. Several languages use this way to shorten long
names, phrases and scientific phenomena. Among the different language economy methods you
could form an acronym which is a new word built from the initial letters or groups of letters in a
set phrase and pronounced as a separate word like LASER, Light Amplification by Stimulated
Emission of Radiation, RADAR, Radio Detection And Ranging and SWAT, Special Weapons
And Tactics.
However, there is a spectacular result out of acronyms. They not only turn into new words, but
also are used as almost every part of speech. Sometimes, these new words can even eclipse their
initial meanings and be treated like common nouns or verbs such as table or give. That is the
example of TASER, Thomas A. Swifts Electric Rifle. This acronym of a dangerous and painful
electrical gun has not only become a noun, but also a verb. You can hear or read that someone has
been tasered by a cop or that girl tasered my heart with her eyes.
Lately, it has been appearing a new way to form abbreviations called vowel omission. This
method deals with a witty strategy of deleting vowels to create a more difficult result to be
deciphered. Perhaps this secrecy is not intentional, but undoubtedly it tests any sharp mind. Only
the frequent contact with this kind of terminology may be the only way to understand it. This
practice occurs mostly among teenagers or chatters who are constantly improvising to shorten
words to safe time typing them.
Vowel omission (from now on VO) is predictable, but not all the cases are so easy to decode.
Some of the most usual VOs are msg [message], thn [then], vry [very], nw [now], bqz/ cz/
[because] and thnx [thanks]. The method seems to be simple. You only have to omit vowels,

punctuation marks and capital letters. This way, a vo text would be sry I cnt mk it on tm/ trffics
trrbl nd I jmd/ which means Sorry, I cant make it on time. Traffics terrible and Im jammed.
At first approach vo is easy and fun too, but there is more. If you want to go with the flow, you
must add emoticons and numbers. So, texting a message or txtn a msg with numbers could be
way more ingenious. 121 is the code to invite your chat contact to a private chat room, 143
means I love you, so 1432 means I love you too. Moreover, the acronym l.o.l laugh out loud
is not impressive anymore. Now, you could find in your teen sibling or kids chat history
[always with their permission] 55555. This line of fives means l.o.l because in Thai the number
5 is pronounced /ha/.
Whatever this way of communication will finish being is now creating a parallel language which
is emerging naturally and uncontrolled in front of our eyes. Nonetheless, it cannot and must not
be stopped. Perhaps, we are just witnessing a brand new language or nothing more than an
outburst of creativity in the digital native generation. Just in case, c u sn! [See you soon.]