Off topic: Internet English: language reverts to type
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Here is episode 9 (Internet English) of the History of English series by the The Open University.

Some facts from this video:

1.- In 1972 the first email was sent.
2.- Soon the Internet arrived (1991)
3.- The Internet brought typing back into fashion (and hundreds of cases of repetitive strain injury (RSI))
4.- New meanings of words came into use: "Download" (1980), "Toolbar" (1991), "firewall" (1990)
5.- Conversations get shorter than the average attention span. Why bother writing a complete sentence when an abbreviation would do and leave you more time to "Blog" (1998), "poke" (2004) and "reboot" (1982) when you hardrive crashed.
6.- "In My Humble Opinion" becomes "IMHO" and "By The Way" becomes "BTW".
7.- Some changes even pass into spoken English "FYI" (For Your Information), "FAQ" (Frequently Asked Questions), "LOL" (Laugh Out Loud and Lots of Love) and "UG2BK" (You've Got to Be Kidding).

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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
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Remember how reading and writing were supposed to be dying out? Oct 13, 2011

I grew up in the 80s, and the crusty colonels back then loved to complain about how the youth of today never read books or wrote letters, it was all TV and telephones. Writing was dying out, they said, and literacy was going down the plughole.

Now the young people have taken their written language and reinvented it. I think it's an incredibly exciting time to be a writer. I'm still waiting for Twitter poetry though - seems like a medium that was made for the haiku. Have I missed it because I can't get twitter here in China?

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