Happy died with Birthday— mutilating words in the name of what?


ImageSeptember 11, is my birthday. Two days ago my facebook wall and phone inbox was filled with lovely messages from friends and acquaintances. I felt special. And, I also realized just how okay it had become to maim words.


“HBD,”  “Happy B’day,” and then someone wrote “LLNP.” It took me a while to figure that one out, ‘Long Life and Prosperity?’  Well thank you, but it could have also meant Let’s Learn New Phonemes, I don’t know, okay, maybe I am stretching it, but… I have fears that soon we are going to force essays into not so nicely packaged short forms and contractions.


It is ridiculous! We need words! Words are not just nothing! We can’t just maim them and move on with our lives like it doesn’t matter. It matters, at least to me.


Will it be okay to say ‘TY’ to you if you saved me from drowning or served me breakfast? “Hey, I could have died, TY,” or maybe ‘HICHDTY.’ Really? Someone please let me in on where we are going with this indiscriminate maiming of words?


You only have to say Happy Birthday to a person once a year and you can’t say it in full?


Good night has long been destroyed.  ‘GNSD?’ No! “Good night, sweet dreams,” that is what will be felt. ‘GNSD,’ why are you learning the alphabet in a weird order?


I don’t think people who use short forms necessarily can’t spell, but if you can’t spell, use a dictionary. For whatever other reason you use short forms, watch it before it messes up your spelling. 


As a Ghana-woman would say, “the long and short of the matter is,” I want my words whole and meaningful, am I asking for too much?


By: Nana Nyarko Boateng  www.girdcenter.org