August 5th, 2009

I know I said I didn’t want to write anymore lists, but this one has been sitting in my drafts since before the wedding and I can’t seem to turn it into complete thoughts — possibly because I’m so burnt out on real life my mind is like a Jell-o mold. You know, the kind with the canned fruit suspended in the center that you only see at horrible dinner parties on television?

Anyways, here are my partially coherent, if disjointed thoughts on the surprisingly positive things that LOLcats and LOLspeak have done for the English language. I’m simultaneously a huge fan of this meme — which has likely already jumped the shark, but oh well — and a grammar stickler with six years background in Latin and a general passion for a correctly used vocabulary. Yes, I’m that bitch who’ll yell at you for misusing a semi colon. I think the creative word play around ICanHazCheesburger, as it enters general parlance, has done some really interesting things for this mutt of a language and the way we internet goers use it:

1) Revitalized the fun of talking.

2) Made us (geek) proud of the way we speak.

3) Inspired us to speak creatively.

4) Forces us to stop and think about language.

5) Pushed us into a new age of grammar — for better or for worse.

Tags: language, LOL cats

2 Responses to “5 things LOLspeak has done for the English language”

  1. Varun Says:

    Well i agree completely with you view about the misdemeanor and changes in our language but evolution is human nature.

    From an anthropological terms language is a part of human skill that is bound to change and may be in future expectantly become so monotonous that just moving lips would extrapolate to a verb or may be a noun.

    Overall LOLcat and LOL speak is another example of our evolution into the technological world.

  2. Muckbeast Says:

    That is a pretty interesting take on the potentially positive effect of LOLspeak.

    I’m not sure I agree that it is an overall good thing, but it is certainly a FUN thing. And fun sometimes makes its own good. :)

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