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GOD111

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#1 13 years ago

in this matter.... How has the computer usage affected the English langauge? Please write explinations to your answers:) They can be long as hell or short as hell, it doesn't matter, for as long as there is an explination:)




colonel_bob

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#2 13 years ago

I don't think the computer has really changed language that much. True, you do have some new words and verbs and such that come from computer usage (e-mail, blogging, etc.), but besides that, there's very little difference. There are, of courese, the "IMers" who type unintelligible jumbles of letters and try to pass it off for actual thought, but in many cases, they don't actually speak like that. And I do know some people who have been known to say lol (pronounce like the beginning of 'lolipop') or rofl ('row' + the beginning of 'floor') in an actual conversation...




Mast3rofPuppets VIP Member

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#3 13 years ago

As someone that has english as a second language I think that it has only affected me positively, my english has improved alot since I joined GF. The english you learn in school are so "stiff" and formal. The english you use here is more "everydayish" and relaxed, and it's that kind of english that's important to know IMO.




Vantage

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#4 13 years ago

I think internet speak has affected English in a mostly positive way. Many people can use the web and technology intelligently to spread ideas, and others who do occasionaly use web speak don't usually speak like that in real life so I don't think it is a negative necessarily to have a shorthanded way of communicating. I don't use too many words from the internet in real life aside from blogging and owned, perhaps.




metal_militia

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#5 13 years ago

IMO computer usage helps alot with punctuation, spelling and whatnot as with programs like MS Word if you wpell something wrong it will tell you how it should be spelt, kinda like some guy standing behind you and when you make a mistake he shouts "YOUR NOT SPELLING RIGHT, SPELL PROPERLY. idiot.". After the 10th time of spelling something wrong you almost always spell it right because you remember the mistake you made. If you where writing on paper you would not know when you are incorrectly spelling on punctuating a sentance and keep making the same mistakes. Another aspect of computer use which contibutes greatly towards english skills is forum/e-mail usage. As people natural crave acceptance they will do their best to make themselves seem intellegent. The best way of doing this is obviously to 'speak' in a manner which does not scream 'retard'; "r u goin 2 da..." and suchlike. The ability to articulate you thoughts into a readble and understandable passage of text is essential to using the internet as it is the most common medium of communication (second bieng formation crouching, obviously). Even when moving to the business world the ability to communicate via text cannot be underrated as many company's inernal e-mail system is usually one of the primary ways to communicate with other departements or people. But i digress. After reading the question again I now get what it was asking and see 90% of ^ is not particularly relevant... shit, that took ages to write. Computers have managed to bastardise the english language with leet speak, txt speak, american spellings, idiot speak, 10yr old speak. You name it, somone has made a stupid, gay, 'E' version of it. It has also made people relyant on programs to punctuate and spell check their documents. In conclusion... uhhh... well i have contradicted myself a fair few times so i dont really have a conclusion but i have plenty more pseudo-intellegent ramblings if anyone is intersted?... no?... ok.




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#6 13 years ago

i think the greatest change to my language has been this particular online forum. i don't think my english has improved as such, but it has become much more everyday'ish. some of my earlier posts were ridiculously formal.




Deimos

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#7 13 years ago

I learned better punctuation, and the truth on how to spell some words. :)




-Aqualung-

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#8 13 years ago

I like how everyone is very careful on spelling in this thread. But to me it seems to have spawned leetspeak, an all out attack on both English and the senses. Other than it just seems some people can't type very well. 3|\|gL15h p\/\/Nz0r5 13375p34k.




GOD111

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#9 13 years ago

Why I ask this question is because I'm doing some resarch for an essey, I'm supposed to write. So keep the answers coming, I'm very gratefull:)




metal_militia

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#10 13 years ago

I hereby request you use the word 'bastardise' atleast once in this essay.