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Were Orwell's Predictions Precise?

Posted by DanielleNicole15 from Cardiff - Published on 23/08/2012 at 17:41
6 comments » - Tagged as Culture, Education, People, Topical

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Can you understand this?

Languages as a whole have evolved over thousands of years, with there being an estimated 7,000 different languages spoken worldwide.

Over the past few years, the use of 'abbreviated speech' (using phrases such as ROFL) has risen rapidly. Normally associated as being used via the internet, abbreviated phrases such as 'LOL' are now even being incorporated throughout real life conversation.

Ultimately, there is only one word suitable for this so-called 'language'; lazy. As well as lazy, it encourages narrow-minded thinking, preventing 'creative' conversation in a sense. Nowadays, many youths use a simple LOL as a conversation filler, rather than attempt to think of a more unique thing to say. How much more effort does it take to say 'laugh out loud', or even think of another word to keep conversation flowing fluently? Surely it can't take that much more effort?

George Orwell, as you may know, came up with the concept of Newspeak within his fascinating dystopian novel 1984. If you've not read it, I highly recommend it. This language is the language Orwell believed would eventually be used throughout society. Likewise to abbreviated speech, Newspeak is seen to encourage narrow-minded thinking by reducing vocabulary such as synonyms to words like 'bad' and replacing them with 'ungood', eventually narrowing the natural train of creative thought.

Just imagine a world where to describe something, you'd have to use 'plusgood' rather than excellent, to convey your feelings towards it. How could certain literature be exceptional? How could conversation be interesting?

Could abbreviated speech be an advanced form of Newspeak? It encourages a lack of creative speech, likewise to Newspeak. Perhaps Orwell's predictions of the future language were more accurate than many fail to realise having read 1984...

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Commented 45 months ago - 23rd August 2012 - 19:22pm

I like this article, but I speak fluent slang as another language and yet I am often referred to as an articulate young man.

I don't happen to agree that it is lazy speech, merely convenient. So called text speech originated due to texts only allowing a set number of characters per message. So, to make the most out of the message you shorten and abbreviate words, and often miss out filler words.

Many words of multiple letters have unused sounds and elongated words removed. This provided an excellent way to talk without too many characters. This is an innovative and memory and time saving way to speak and the only people who tend to complain are those who don't wish to learn it.

Words such as lol are often joked about, but the truth is slang is its own language within each language. The rules of slang follow the rules of its parent language and so still necessitates knowledge of the original language. The issue here isn't that it exists, but that those who do not regularly use the parent language in the written form may not use words they could use.

Still, most people will still use the parent language and it is still the necessary language for work and school. Speaking slang is a convenient secondary language, which as is often the way English speaking countries have pioneered.

As a Spanish speaker, I often speak Spanish online and see foreigners using the likes of lol, rofl, rotfl, lmao and other such abbreviations. These words are international terms understood by many worldwide. Although they originate from English, they are now international.

Hope my explanation alters a few perspectives to the better.

-Mopsar_Us- ~ Aka Mop




Commented 45 months ago - 24th August 2012 - 08:52am

I had to look up "WUUB2?". Language evolves and changes and it's not like everyone is doing it IMO.



Commented 45 months ago - 24th August 2012 - 21:40pm

Mopsar_Us: I'm glad you like my article!
However, surely convenience is laziness? And
I mentioned that its use is commonly used
online rather than via text messaging, and that
its use is becoming more popular within
real life conversation. Also,
I like the fact that abbreviated speech is becoming
more international, so that everyone can understand it.

CeefaxOfLife: I know not everyone is doing it,
but i'm talking about the general youths of today. Many
have social networking sites, meaning that they're more likely
to use abbreviated speech, and in time, may be encouraged to use it instead of another word in real life conversation.



Commented 45 months ago - 26th August 2012 - 12:15pm

Fascinating article, kudos!



Commented 45 months ago - 27th August 2012 - 13:43pm

Thanks Holly! :-)

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Commented 32 months ago - 27th September 2013 - 09:46am

its really bad

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