The Moving Hand Writes, And Having Writ, Moves On.
Hot on the heels of the last entry, here's another installment from the World of Strange!
I completed another entry a few days ago, but I'm not sure I'm ready to post it yet as it contains stuff that is making me very angry and frustrated just recently. When I've stepped back a bit, put things into some sort of perspective and sorted out the crap in my head it will get posted. But until then:
Today I had a little tantrum about the use of abbreviations and text language in posts. The idea, it seems, is that this sort of thing saves time. Sorry, but I just don't buy that, not in relation to using a full size keyboard anyway. On your mobile phone it's fair enough (I don't do the same though) as you probably have a character limit and you may be in a hurry. But on the forum? Are you really going to save more than a couple of seconds in the post? Is life so short that you need to shave seconds from your entries? If you're going to abbreviate something then at least make it worth the effort. I just don't see the point in shortening an already short word. Now of course language evolves through use otherwise we wouldn't speak and write the way we do today. I'm not against that at all. But that is a slow and organic process, not something invented as a reaction to a Nokia. Maybe I really am an old fart, because it just looks so damned clunky and illiterate to my eyes.
Which leads me neatly on to handwriting. Why is it so neglected these days? Or am I only seeing the failures? I don't for a moment think that everyone should have perfect copperplate handwriting but it would be nice if I could actually read it! In my opinion the English language is a lovely, expressive, tool and handwriting, in whatever language, can be an art in itself. I was quite shocked when I saw my 12 year old nephew's handwriting recently. It reminded me of my own (and my contemporaries) handwriting at the age of 6...................He tells me that it just isn't considered very important. Not important??? How can clear communication by written word not be important?? It makes me sad. Maybe I should just shuffle off into the sunset. Another old duffer.
More next time.