How do I text thee?
"Oh em gee!" my granddaughter shouted out the window as she pointed to a fat squirrel hanging upside down in a tree.
"Oh em what?" I asked.
"Grandma! Oh my God. Don't you know anything?"
She stretched her neck out and stared at me, waiting for my answer.
Fact is, I think I know a lot, but apparently no matter how hard I try to stay up with the youngest generation walking around today, it's way too much to keep up with.
It might have taken me a few minutes to realize she was speaking in text lingo. But less than a few seconds to realize what this meant to our language.
Up until now I had thought these abbreviations and shortened words were just for the screen. I would have said written page, but a page seems to be going the way of the cassette player, and rather quickly, I might add.
I assumed that people wouldn't actually ever use these acronyms in actual speech. But I was wrong. And I shiver to think of where are language is headed.
Any day now, I expect her to say "LOL, Grandma. And TBH, IDK about my BFF. WBU? Did you ever fight with your BFF?"
But language marches on. Looking back, I'm sure our ancestors in the seventeenth century weren't too happy when their kids started talking differently.
When some teenage boy looked at his grandmother and instead of saying, "I saw thee and thy friend picking apples," he blurted out, "I saw you and your friend picking apples."
His grandmother probably shook her head in confusion.
And when he continued with, "I thought you were getting oranges," in place of, "I thought thou wert getting oranges," that flabbergasted old lady most likely dipped her eyebrows into a question mark.
Then before fainting, she probably put her hand to her heart and exclaimed, "Oh my God. What are thou saying?"