June 10, 2010 Modern Grammar

Do you know what an ellipsis is? I didn’t know by name what it was when my daughter brought up the subject, but I certainly know how they are used…

The strange and wonderful form of communicating that has come about in the last five years or so through text messages and emails has the population of the planet abbreviating everything, words and meanings included. The ellipsis…allows you to intentionally omit a word or meaning…leading the reader often to wonder…just what is was the writer was trying to say…know what I mean…?

Here are a couple of examples of two recent text message I received…

lkn fwd 2 a ccktl on prch…c u sn!

Wl u b mad if I flnk math…

In twenty years, hell in five years, will anybody be able to decipher these? Also, whr did vwels go…sty tned…

Just Thinkn’…

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