Within the first years of our lives we learn our mother tongue. We don’t need a teacher, we pick it up naturally from the people around us. After that, we spend our school years learning to use correct grammar, vocabulary and spelling.
In recent years, written language has evolved (or devolved, depending on your position!) due to the popularity of social networking, SMS, chat, and internet. This new language is known as language 2.0, and is a simple way of conversing through social networking sites and SMS. This language 2.0 shouldn’t be used for formal writing or in speech, it is merely a short hand which is used to communicate quickly and express emotions which can’t otherwise be expressed when sending messages.
This new language is not used by everyone, but has developed as a form of communication specifically to be used in social networking.
Examples of this evolving language include:
– LOL: laugh out loud
– ridic: ridiculous
– TT: trending topics
– RT: retweet
– OMG: oh my god!
– thx: thanks
– B4: before
– F2F: face to face
– 4eva: forever
These are just a few examples of language used by English speaking social network users. What abbreviations do you use in your language? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.