While browsing through my Facebook news feed, I came across this little gem of ignorance authored by one of my younger friends.
Facebook friend: I Got Ah Notha Question ;; Y Is It Wen Yhu Dnt Wear Yo Seat Belt In Ah Car Yhu Get Pulled Over And Get Ah Ticket , But Wen Yhu On Somethinq Public Like Dha Bus Yhu Dnt Have Tew Wear Yo Seat Belt ??
Facebook friend’s friend: Bcusz wen they c yo face they get scared……………thatsz yy they dnt pull da buss uva
Although my Facebook friend deems it appropriate to write a sentence in title case – for no apparent reason – I’m just glad it wasn’t in all caps.
With that said, I have a problem with the way youngsters write these days – particularly their willingness to spell like idiots. I understand they’re trying to write how they’d sound if they were speaking. Us ol’ folks like to call it conversational style writing. But here’s what I don’t get. I don’t get how “somethinq” is better than “something.” Or how “yhu” is superior to “you” when “when” is inferior to “wen?”
What am I missing?
Perhaps I’m just getting old. Maybe I’m not fully grasping the generational and cultural phenomena that’s taking place here. It’s quite possible chronic mis-spellers are giving the finger to conformists who seek to master the formal, written English language.
Actually, I have other theories. I think these folks are deliberately misspelling words to cover up the fact that they don’t spell very well. The misspellings are just a manifestation of their intellectual insecurities. They believe others will ridicule them for any failed attempts at correctness. They want you to conclude that it’s not a mistake. There’s no way they could be that stupid.
I wonder if us adults do the same thing when it comes to our money. Are we so afraid our honest efforts won’t result in financial independence that we sabotage ourselves? Sometimes I believe we simply stop trying to behave responsibly, silently embrace defeat, and disguise our self doubt as self assuredness. If we can’t achieve perfection, then why should we even bother? We reason that you can’t fail if you don’t try. And so we end up exactly as we intended: broke, busted, and disgusted.
Have we accepted the notion that intentional failure = success?
Let me know what your thoughts are in the comment section below.