In 1972 the first email was sent. Soon the
Internet arrived – a free global space to share
information, ideas and amusing pictures of cats.
Before then English changed through people speaking it – but the net brought typing
back into fashion and hundreds of cases of repetitive
strain injury. Nobody had ever had to ‘download’ anything
before, let alone use a ‘toolbar’ – And the only time someone set up a ‘firewall’,
it ended with a massive insurance claim and a huge pile of charred wallpaper. Conversations were getting shorter than the
average attention span – why bother writing a sentence when an abbreviation would do and leave you more time to ‘blog’, ‘poke’
and ‘reboot’ when your ‘hard drive’ crashed?
‘In my humble opinion’ became ‘IMHO, ‘by the way’ became ‘BTW and ‘if we’re
honest that life-threatening accident was pretty hilarious!’
simply became ‘fail’. Some changes even passed into spoken English.
For your information people frequently asked questions like “how can ‘LOL’
mean ‘laugh out loud’ and ‘lots of love’? But if you’re
going to complain about that then UG2BK.