Our language has developed over the course of time into where we are today, as difficult as some of the verbiage is to comprehend. If you look at the language from say Shakespearean Era, you will find the writing to be very wordy and lengthy. It’s as if the simple question “How are you?” required a complete dissertation of the family medical history culminating in the graphic description of every creak and ache of the current body. Skip ahead to the 19th Century and you still see lots of words, but not so many. This was the time when a letter was very newsy and quite lengthy, but with a certain economy of ink.
Think for a moment of some of the things you probably have never heard or said (out loud):
- “Please understand my dilemma, Professor, my paper will be late because my panda lost the chess game to the squid.”
- “The field mice have blown up the bridge, we’ll have to take the detour.”
- “Not that anyone cares, but the octopus is stuck in the blender again.”
- “The bendy shoes are a nice shade of clear.”
- “Please stop staring at my scapula.”
- “Yodeling should be an Olympic Event.”
- “Painting the tires pink is a GREAT idea.”
- “I don’t care if I’m the CEO, I want to save jobs by taking a pay cut.”
Now think of some of the things we actually do say:
- “IAI” (I’m An Idiot)
And we continually seek ways to say more with less verbiage. Before long we will only speak in abbreviations. TTFN!