I like to lift up interesting and sometimes humorous things I find in the world of language, vocabulary, taxonomy, etc. Today is different. Today’s find makes me sad.

This sobering news was found on NewsFix in their article, “‘thx’ now in Oxford Dictionary.” In a world where news cannot be transmitted fast enough for a high consumption society, texting has taken over our main form of communication. Sadly, that means our language is being molested to fit into the smallest number of characters possible to maintain the speed of communication desired, not the accuracy.

Don’t get me wrong. I too use texting and social media and find myself abbreviating words and sentences, as well as using the familiar LOL and CU, but I don’t expect to see them in the dictionary, especially the most-revered Oxford Dictionary.

Melody K. Smith

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