Maybe I’m just getting older because things are starting to annoy me.
Things like loud music, trendy fashions and the way people talk these days. I’ve recently caught myself beginning a sentence with “If I was your age,” so take this with a grain of salt.
But we need to talk about words and sentences. A scan of my Twitter feed reveals a lot of sentences like this:
- Hubby and I are going on vacay to get preggers.
- This movie brings out all the feels.
- This chicken salad is delish. #nomnom
This has become the language of twitter. Nonsensical baby talk.
Call me a grammar grandpa if you want, but we can do better.
Is the word totally that much longer than totes? Do you not have the kind of time required to add two more letters and sound like a high school graduate?
You’re not going on a vacay…you’re going on a vacation. Even Autocorrect knows there’s something wrong with vacay. Granted, it thinks I mean vacuum, which is nearly as far away as you can get from vacation, but still.
Vacay is not a word.
All the feels is not a phrase.
Be jealous, not jelly.
Totes are handbags.
Words and phrases like this destroy the English language one tweet at a time. But more importantly than that, using phrases like this make us all a little bit dumber. You are not a toddler. Use real words.
With five seconds of thought, you could come up with a much better “word” than “nom nom” to describe food. If you say things like “all the feels” and “totes” you’re going to look back and think you were dumber than you really were.
There are a lot of great words in the English language.
Use real ones.