Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Twitter and language

Hey, what if we widen the scope of this blog a bit, to include some general linguistic discussion every so often? Interested? (Or should I just stick to the illustrations?)

To kick it off, a Facebook friend posted a link to this great video of Stephen Fry discussing, among other things, how Twitter fits into the historical continuum of written communication. (Of course, frankly, he could talk about beige carpet and I'd still find it fascinating.) Now I pass it along to you:

So what's your take on it?
What are your thoughts about texting and other abbreviated forms of writing, and their impact on language?


  1. And, of course, if you'd like to suggest a topic for discussion, by all means, please do!

  2. I do find the use of 'wot','u' and the other shortened words difficult to read but I fully understand the necessity/convenience. The real blood boiler is the misspelling of abbreviated words,'wut' makes me want to slip an envelope of Dignitas vouchers under the offender's door.