We’re big fans of the American television show Survivor. In last weeks episode, Jeff asked the tribe a question and we got to thinking about it….
noun de·vo·lu·tion \ˌde-və-ˈlü-shən also ˌdē-və-\
formal – descent or degeneration to a lower or worse state.
I’m sure that our readers will be split on this topic but from the title you can probably guess what our stance is on SMS Shorthand.
Actually, maybe we should clarify that a tad. We’re Gen-X. We treasure family and tradition and we also understand the need for innovation and advancement. We believe there’s been far too little of that from Americans in the last 50 years. While we don’t use SMS shorthand much (we will sometimes use acronyms), we (like Ken) feel that shortening words like ‘you’ to ‘u’ and ‘to/too’ to ‘2’ in an era where message truncation is no longer an issue is simply lazy.
Okay. So what? What does our opinion of SMS Shorthand use have to do with what we do? We’ve been seeing more and more where people are trying to use SMS Shorthand in PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTS.
That’s right. Professional documents. (No, we can’t believe it either.) Keep in mind, we are not in the business of editing for content but our clients rely on us to edit for GRAMMAR. How can we do our job if we succumb to the trend of bastardization?
In 2016 Danielle Look wrote an article entitled “Word Crimes: The Bastardization of Our Language.” In it she gives her opinion on where technology is taking the everyday use of written English and it’s influence on professional composition. (You know, because you don’t say LOL, you simply do so.) Her closing statement really hit home. “Never forget who you’re writing for and what action you want them to take after reading it, but also remember that you’re representing a brand when you compose. Be authentic and relatable – hell, you can even be cool and trendy – but never at the cost of grammatical excellence.”
We will always strive to maintain the integrity of our language. In the end we are working FOR our clients. If they want the slang, we will type it (with a bit of OCD head twitching).