In addition to expressing and communicating about Reality, language can superimpose or create reality. It can also imply or add to reality. Along with the explicit message there is a constant interplay of message due to sub text and Meta effects of the words or short forms used. The SMS culture has promoted the usage of short forms [abbreviations – both standard and non-standard] like never before.
It always helps to edit what one want to express especially in the written mode where, punctuations if misplaced are noticeable, and can alter or distort meaning. One has to be even more careful while using short forms and Acronyms when dealing with emotional response or empathic expressions.
For instance, even w.r.t. Whatsapp chats when people get into expressing empathic response or social courtesies, people freely, casually and usually use short form like R I P preceded or followed by the name of the person you are sending condolences to, but inadvertently miss the target almost implying that his very soul rest in peace – like R I P xyz or XYZ R I P or mere R I P. Sometimes event he spelling is carelessly misspelt as piece for peace. Time and again I’ve had to send subtle reminders off Whatsapp.
What about – Tnx, Thnx, T.C., GM or B’day which are all expressions of emotion, how genuine do they sound as short forms. I’ve wondered how much time do you think it takes for the sender to communicate his feeling earnestly? Let’s not reduce these emotion backed epithets to mere formalities devoid of emotion. Interpersonal skills are not just about communication exchanges but message transaction with Humans for Humanity.
by Dr Sadhana Choukkar