Lately I've noticed that many people are using shortcuts when they want to communicate either via their cellular, on facebook or tweeting. I think I also see it in emails and blogs. I suppose I erase those from my mind as soon as I see them. I really can't stand the shortcuts. Perhaps people think that the English Language is theirs to butcher!
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Well, I am guilty of using some emoticons and shortforms like LOL (laughing out loud) or IMHO (in my honest opinion). My favourites are the smileys. However, I don't allow it to become a part of my daily routine. Anyway, I do it to save time and when I know that it doesn't detract from what I mean to say.
Generally, I'm one of the old-fashioned types that firmly believe we should follow all the rules (as best we can). I know I'm not perfect but I'm mindful and conscious of what I write always.
When I used to teach, one of the lessons was about using the word "only". Each sentence is different if you read it carefully.
ONLY I kissed Stephen yesterday.
I ONLY kissed Stephen yesterday.
I kissed ONLY Stephen yesterday.
I kissed Stephen ONLY yesterday.
I kissed Stephen yesterday ONLY.
I wonder if any of my students remember this.
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