Writing in Hieroglyphs

An ancient form of writing, reborn.

The art of writing in hieroglyphs, or writing in symbols, first appeared in 4000 BCE on ancient Egyptian pottery. The discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799 brought about an entire new understanding of the complicated Egyptian writing system. Some may have thought this system to be impractical or unnecessary, but it has made a rigorous comeback in recent years.

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Can you read it?

 

Thanks to the invention of Emojis, this once dejected art form has been given a rebirth. It is now possible to engage in an entire conversation with minimal usage of letters. So the debate over whether the technology we surround ourselves with helps or hurts us rages on. Every time I switch from texting to writing a graded essay, I have to flip a switch in my head. The switch determines whether or not every “you” comes out as “u” or every “before” comes out as “b4”. I’ve found that the more I text, the harder it is to choose the correct one, or is it 1 or won?

But a recent study published in June of 2014 by the British Journal of Developmental Psychology shows the exact opposite of what seems to be happening to me. The study says, “Zero-order correlations showed patterns consistent with previous research on textism use and spelling, and there was no evidence of any negative associations between the development of the children’s performance on the grammar tasks and their use of grammatical violations when texting.” This means that the thickness of the wall that separates a person’s texting and formal grammar may be different for everyone, or maybe it’s just me.

In August of 2014, Oxford Dictionaries added acronyms such as SMH (shaking my head) and YOLO (you know what it means) to the dictionary.  Last December, the dictionary added “man crush” and “duck-face”. Our language is constantly changing and morphing due to the new technologies that we communicate with.

This raises a nagging question for our generation: should we try to halt this drastic change in our language, or should we let ourselves and our language adapt as our world changes?

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