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In a world of technologically driven communication it is so easy to be caught up in the whole ‘short-forming of words.
Just to name a few. But I do believe that though I do believe think there is a place for that kind of short-forming, to really confidently understand English it is best to start from the basics and work from there.
I compare it to a circus clown fooling around on the tightrope. When we are kids we watch and thing that his falling off and not walking across it properly is because he really can’t do it and is making it a funny joke. But the truth is that for most of these clowns, they themselves are the true masters of the tightrope. For sure they would have had to practice walking running and jumping on it to absolute perfection because they could confidently start ‘playing’ with it.
The same is for language. If you really don’t know what it is that you are trying to communicate in the most perfect sense, to play with it is dangerous – just like the clown on the tightrope – you could easily fall off and not be able to save yourself.
So my words of wisdom for today are all about respecting and perfecting the English language first before you start building your own short forms. It will help you in the long run if you do make a big mistake, as you will be able to explain yourself well…and pick up the pieces with dignity…..
What do they say ..’a catastrophic collapse with a very cool follow through’!