Yeah the evolution of language is pretty fascinating, but in all honesty, this kind of de evolution is straight up embarrassing... there are other examples of true progression of the English language nowadays that are less cringy, so that's comforting at least
@Swift Justice, seriously...this is less an evolution of language and more of a sign of how lazy people are that they compress pretty much everything into an acronym
@Swift Justice, we’re already back to hieroglyphics, we’re back to zero here
@MMSieBreeze, I honestly don't know what most of them stand for. I am always commenting on here asking what a lot of them even mean because I don't do the twitters, which is where it seems like this shjt originated from.
@Swift Justice, whats embarrassing about it?
@Swift Justice, I disagree, I think that the evolution of launguage as seen through the rise of technology and the internet is not only a sign of the ruthless efficiency of our capitalist society, but a deep, beautiful human desire to connect on a raw emotional level. Shorter words hit harder, after all, because it’s easier to interpret in our mind and “cut to the feeling”. as an example, which of these two sentences is more impactful:
My heart weeps with loneliness at the absence of my true soulmate.
I miss you.
It is damn interesting how language develops.
Hate to shjt on everyone’s parade but those are just acronyms of words that have existed for centuries.. is it really development of language to use an acronym?
@socialableLoner, it's not actually the first time an acronym, or something really similar to an acronym,took part in language evolution. Take "goodbye" for example. It comes from "God be with ye" and "be with ye" was shortened to "bwye" which was further shortened to "bye". As a result "Godbye" became "goodbye" and now "bye" is Co sidered its own word.
@socialableLoner, source if you're interested
@slug111, that’s cool to know but “idgaf” is not considered a word by anyone. I guess some people may consider bae a word but tbh isn’t either.
@socialableLoner, well, they don't now. They might never. Back when "bwye" was just an acronym they probably didn't view it as a word either. Thing is, in the context of words changing, they aren't ever at an "endpoint", just at some stage of wherever it's speakers are dragging it. Language is weird, and molded unintentionally by humans, so its a weird thing that can often move in ways that seem illogical
@slug111, I understand that but you’re speaking about the evolution of language in general. My point is about these specific examples. In your own comment you’re in agreeance with me by saying “well they don’t now.” The evolution of language is cool but I’m unconvinced that these are examples of evolution aside from perhaps “bae” because that one, in some people’s conversational use, has transcended the original acronym. Idgaf and tbh are still just acronyms that mean nothing more than the individual words within the acronym and they have not even began to evolve into something more so far as I can tell.
@socialableLoner, I think we agree more than you realize, all I'm saying is that they might be on their way to becoming new words, and only time will tell. So the tldr answer I originally gave is "could be. Hard to say".
Thank you Tumblr, very cool!
It could just be me, but I believe that nowadays, if someone said either one, "I don't give a dam" would sound stronger. We say fvck to the point that it doesn't faze us if we hear a teenager say it, and will laugh rather than gasp at a kid saying it.
But if you know someone who knows the quote, and uses fvck normally, then you would think, "They're serious right now. "