TTYL! Now this holds promise when you surgically remove the exclamation point, most often sturdily attached to it. No need for that much excitement, now is there?
I like receiving it in a text because rather than thinking your conversation is permanently suspended, handing out in mid-air, finding TTYL as a salutation is an indication that whatever was being discussed is in the 'to be continued' status, whether it really happens or not is another matter entirely.
I learned to text from my kids and I'm not ashamed of it. I celebrate it even though I'm learning some of it is called text speak, and it is despised by some. You know what I mean; peppering the text with things like U2 and using 4 to stand in for four.
My inclination was to call TTYL, short for talk to you later, an acronym and then I thought, no its an an initialism. Then I thought no, it's a pseudo-blend. As usual, first thought was the right thought, at least according to wikipedia.
I know my wordy followers are saying, you've got to be kidding me. You like that stuff? I would never! But we all do. Sure, you might not say BFF but you'll use it to describe your alma mater, take UCLA for example, who has time to say all those words? They also flourish with utility and other companies, cable and television networks--HBO any one? There are plenty of other common uses. Ok/okay?
So when I learned to text from receiving my kids' texts I was quite amused or shall I say befuddled because I love words. What's happening to the English language I asked myself and moreover, what does all this scribble scrabble mean?
In the beginning, I had a flip phone and then a slide phone. Can anyone say awkward? Those earlier models of cell phones made me gravitate towards acronyms, initialisms and text speak. Whatever could get the job done and get me off the damn phone. Short cuts made the whole blasted thing easier on my fingers and eyes.
It didn't take long for me to get called out. My faux pas was in accepting an invitation by text to a party using this strange, some would say excuse, for language. No one said anything to me directly. It was to my husband, "Did your wife learn to text from your children?" Cheeks hot, I thought, yes--and?!
It's no secret. People of my generation are thought of as analog dinosaurs when it comes to the newer technologies, and ways of toying with the language for that matter. If it wasn't for my kids, I'd probably still have dial up rather than a cable modem. I'd be faxing (okay, you caught me, sometimes I still do) instead of scanning. Much to the chagrin of my overused wrists and fingers, I would look upon initialisms and text speak with disdain. Had the reviewer of my text ever heard of writer's cramp? What about how busy writers multitasking on various social media platforms all while returning texts feel? This mom wasn't in a good mood after that swipe.
Okay. Lest I turn into Erma Bombeck (if only) let me sign off.
TTYL (minus the exclamation point of course).
Notes on my Theme:
This post is written for the 2015 A to Z Challenge. During this challenge, participating bloggers post once a day, in alphabetical order. This is done 6 days per week. Sundays are off. My theme presents words that are exciting. These words serve as thematic motifs in my writing. My theme also revolves around exclamation points. The words I've chosen to explore can replace or stand alone from the dreaded exclamation point, which writers are urged to avoid.