I can understand teenagers and twenty-year-olds using internet slang because they’re still naive enough to believe it somehow imparts a hipness to their speech and makes them more acceptable to their peers. But when people in their forties and older (I’m fifty-one) fall back on this way of communicating because they’re so desperate to sound young and cool, it’s difficult to not feel embarrassed for them and to wish they’d realize how foolish it makes them look. I’ve seen people my age (some of them authors!) using these words on Twitter and elsewhere, and I keep wondering if I can be the only person who sees this as pathetic.
Is it such a sin for adults to talk in a way that sounds like they have a functioning brain and some grasp the language? Maybe I’m being too grown up in a world full of adults who’d rather been fifteen again. But we have such a rich, beautiful language—whichever language you speak—and it makes me sad to see it fall by the wayside in favor of such persistent dumbing-down. Even slang was more intelligent fifty years ago. Now it’s just lame.