Even before I owned a computer and had started surfing the net I had run into internet speak. At first I had no idea what â€śaddyâ€ť and â€śprollyâ€ť meant, then when I began using the net and seeing them spelt out I understood. I didnâ€™t like it when I first heard it and it has not improved with age. At best it sounds like a feeble attempt to make oneself sound significant through usage of jargon familiar only to those in know; at worst it sounds like simple laziness.
So what's the big deal. Why get so uptight about something as insignificant as that? Don't I have anything better to do then be some sort of elitist asshole coming across like everyone's worst nightmare of a grade school teacher? What real difference is using "prolly" instead of probably going to make in the world?
To be honest probably not much. On an individual basis its more pathetic then harmful. I can't help feeling sorry for those who believe they are obtaining some sort of status by using this shorthand. If it gives them some shred of self-importance, no matter how misguided, then it's not even that bad. The problem is a little more serious when it comes to the issue of laziness.
Language is the basis for thought. Without language we would not be able to form or articulate complex thoughts. Words are the basis of language. The way in which we utilize words, string them together etc. form the basis for our means of communicating. The more articulate we are the easier it is for us to express ourselves.
It only follows then that the simplification of language would result in the simplifying of thought. Continuous use of short forms and catch phrases result in the eventual loss of the ability to absorb or create complexities. Once this nadir is achieved responses becomes limited to reacting to blunt stimuli. No longer capable of, or willing to, understand we turn to simple solutions. Answers that call for the least amount of effort on our part.