Slang and Grammar

Nowadays it seems most people use at least some degree of slang and/or internet abbreviations when it comes to sending messages to others, depending on the venue.  Of course grammar tends to go out the window during these conversations.  I actually am totally okay with the disregard for grammar in these cases, as long as what the person is saying makes sense.  For example, we are all acquainted with the abbreviations “lol” and “omg”.  I could go on with the seemingly endless list of internet abbreviations we use on a daily basis, but I’ll just say that these phrases are so common now they usually don’t require an explanation as to what they truly mean.  Also, in some instances, using these shortened words can actually be better for the situation.  For example, when the people holding the conversation are in a rush, it’s just better to use shorter and more concise language.  As language is continuing to evolve to improve our forms of communication in modern society’s busy, on-the-go atmosphere, I believe grammar rules need to be adapted as well so that they are easy to understand among the speakers.  This can only prove helpful in the long run.

Writing when I was Young

I have quite a few memories of instances in which I was writing when I was young and still growing up.  A lot of the classes I was taking in school required some sort of miniature book to be written (like maybe ten pages long).  Of course this was before all the essay requirements of later years.  So one of the first mini-books I wrote for school was about dinosaurs and some of their interactions with each other.  That one was I believe for first grade.  Another book/story I wrote for elementary school was about traveling to different dimensions and experiencing differences in culture, climate, and technology.  There was one instance in which a substitute teacher had us write horror stories, which was fun for me during that particular event.  Apparently that substitute lost his/her job because of it.  Moralists on the prowl!  Going into middle school I began delving somewhat more into attempting to write actual full-length books (outside of class of course).  It was just super fun for me.  During that time, in school, a lot of the teachers wanted us to write poetry for certain lessons.  So I tried to excel a little more for that.  In middle school, one requirement was to type out a little miniature book concerning any subject matter.  Mine was about a castle, a princess, a dragon, and a knight to save the day.  As we began the transition from middle to high school, sometimes we were placed in poetry competitions and other various literary contests.  I always enjoyed these and looked forward to being able to write some more.  In high school, a lot of the English requirements included being able to write essays and stories that mimicked the proper flow of professional creative writing.  I learned much from these requirements, and was able to incorporate what I learned into deeper, more developed forms of writing in later years.  So I am quite grateful for those experiences of the olden days.

Some Perils of Online Dating

When people begin the interesting and long road of online dating, they will almost certainly encounter fabrications along the way.  Often people exaggerate or even downright lie when they are posting stuff online in order to find a date or relationship.  Seems to me like a lot of people enjoy presenting an idealized version of themselves that actually isn’t true.  I believe nowadays most in fact expect some sort of “enhancement” of features on profiles in order to try and attract more potential dates, followers, etc.  And then when it comes to actually meeting in person, people are almost certain to be underwhelmed (at least initially).  One possible reason I consider this to be true is that there’s an instinctive desire in some, if they’re desperate enough, to try wooing as many people as possible.  In the end they might believe it was worth it as long as they receive the desired attention.  Perhaps some others actually think it could be funny posting lies or exaggerations, and they just do it for the laugh.  Also, some people might consider their enhanced details to be more like bends of the truth rather than absolute falsehoods.  In other people there could actually be a desire to really harm those they encounter, and of course that would be something to frown on.