+1 is the fastest way to say "oh yes....I agree with that"
Yes, but the argument is do we need pointless I agree with thats for no other reason, when its irrelevant to the original topic
The English language is evolving.....the dinosaurs that go for "no change" will go the same way as the previous generation of dinosaurs. The next generation will determine this (as they are starting to already) and NOTHING we do will slow it down much (I'm old).
And I'm young - and I don't think that the way we treat the english language needs to be changed - while freehand and shorthand is all fine and good for applicable circumstances, I really don't want to be reading a book were condensation is condensed into a jarring and harsh form that ruins the work. The alternative, as I can see it, is reading shakespeare
Why not post a page of campy bikes?....heaven forbid.....it may actually in l33t speak - if I may quote Sonnet 110:
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Yeah, that speaks to me alright, that speaks to me deeeeeeep man! (What, should I throw in some more cliched catchphrases, like Cowabunga!)
As I was saying, shorthand, freehand, whatever you want to call it, is essentially a bastardization of the English language to suit the means of communication involved. For text messages, fine, go for it, but here, in this format, we are not limited to the boundaries of the SMS format, nor by time, so how about we all take the propounded 'chill pill' and take the time to do stuff properly. Some people argue that shorthand is the way of the future, that it is just another progression of the evolution of the english language. If you look at the way the english language has evolved over the years, then this, by comparison of scale, is a cancerous growth. It is, in nature, perfidy, not the logical step that it is being propounded as.
Do I see the english language changing? Yes, I do, but I hope I'll be in my cold hard grave before I see the worlds language being condensed into a form which is, in my eyes, pure drivel.
Oh yeah - and about searching - how, do you propose, would people be able to search through a database of shorthand posts and articles - there is no common phraseology, especially for the more complicated and complex uses of the written form, so how, may I ask, would such a thing work?
Edit: One more thing. It used to be common around here to ask people to respect the fact that not everyone speaks english natively, or even regurarily - would it not be unfair for them to be subjected to a further layer of complication, where each word needs not only to be understood but translated and comprehended as well.
Sorry Cyco, recently I've been keeping the length of my posts down so you don't drift off to sleep halfway through, but I couldn't help myself