We humans are communicative creatures… we LOVE to share words and concepts. In our ancient past, these words and concepts were shared verbally, through stories and music, by tribal elders or mystical-persons, or, in the case of music, through the musicians and performers. And everyone learned by having these traditions passed down verbally.
A little later, and the first writings appeared – pictorial at first, then cuneiform, hieroglyphic, hierarchic and other forms blending easy to reproduce abstract line-forms and pictorial representations, and finally arriving at standardized alphabetical characters through a series of subtle metamorphosis.
I find it amazing that our languages are just as alive as us humans who created them. They evolve right alongside us… And, even if we’ve not added a single new letter to our alphabet for generations, we’ve added a multitude of new words, shortcuts, and pictograms as we continually explore communications.
Look at what the electronic revolution has done for us. Instead of writing out “You made me chuckle at that one…” now, a simple LOL or picture of a laughing ball crystallize the message in a minimum number of characters.
I see this as both good, and bad. As a writer – I see it as a dreadful shame that our beautiful language is being pared away bit by bit. That new minds aren’t being afforded the opportunity to explore the diversity of adverbs and adjectives, piecing together old words in new ways to bring another’s imagination to full-color life from black & white print.
But I also see the efficiency of shortcuts and pictorial representations coming back to our communication attempts…and I love the artistic creativeness of some of our emojis..
Sometimes, our shortening of words or imposed limits on characters within an electronic ‘field’ have unintended, and hilarious, consequences.
This morning, as I checked my email – I received a notification that Maggie at The Zombies Ate My Brains had posted a new blog entry. Here’s what I saw:
Hope they used the underwires to clean their teeth…