We have all seen the transformation of our language and syntax with Twitter, Instagram, memes, basically anywhere our language is abbreviated.
That moment of truth when you find out if you still fit into last year’s pairs of shorts…
— Jonathan Pobst (@jpobst) March 15, 2015
That moment when your boss asks how long you can stay next Saturday and you make the mistake of saying “however long you need me” — Savannah Lynn ✨ (@Savannahxoxoo) March 15, 2015
when you wake up at 3 am just to study #dedicated
— seven oh (@_7obedience) March 15, 2015
Mr. Thompson essentially breaks it into 4 reasons why this syntax might be taking over.
1) It creates a little puzzle
2) It makes your feeling seem universal
3) It’s short
4) It’s a glimpse of the next big way the internet is changing language
This last point is another point to our ongoing conversations about how social media is changing language. In recent posts we have even looked at things like emojis and images, word inventions to show how we are changing, this is another example of how the actual syntax in our language is changing. Imagine coming across the following only 20 years ago …
Last show in 🇺🇸 tonight for #ThePrismaticWorldTour! Thank u for an INCREDIBLE tour! Every single show SOLD OUT! So grateful for all the ❤️
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) October 12, 2014
And now we read that sentence without hesitation! Staying modern with our writing styles is key to reaching current audiences and employing the hooks we typically use from journalism and crossing it with some subordinate phrases can easily create the tone and voice we are looking for to capture the reader!