21 Jul '11, 12am

Do you spell "sorry" as "sowi"? Or spell "no" as "nou"? Our reader calls this a 'shocking abuse' of language. Agree?

TECHNOLOGICAL advancements have significantly eased the difficulty of long-distance communication. This delightful convenience has, however, brought about shocking abuse. People seem to be challenging the boundaries of appropriate language by mispelling and restructuring words. This first caught my attention when I had an online conversation with a friend who spelt "no" as "nou", "now" as "nao" and "sorry" as "sowi". Soon, many of my peers adopted this obnoxious habit and modified words up to a point where they were barely recognisable. Many fail to appreciate the beauty of language. Every word has its roots, a story behind it. We ought to dignify language by spelling words appropriately and not replacing letters at our convenience, forsaking the painstaking effort once invested in creating words. One may argue that casual conversation does not require appropriate spelling...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_...

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