Sunday, 22 August 2010

Crystal clear


I was listening to a wonderful discussion on the radio about textual emoticons - aka smileys. The presenter had just received a text that ended with, as he put it, a colon and a parenthesis. :)
Textual emoticons have become a part of everyday language. As have acronyms. I love to puzzle out acronyms - like LOL - laugh out loud - or LMAO - Laughing my ass off. Sometimes I don't always get it right, but usually the general sense is there.
We have a whole new language that baffles older generations.
As is often the case, the church runs apposite to this. We operate with a language and a turn of expression that baffles the younger generations. And never the twain shall meet? Fortunately this does not have to be a self fulfilling prophecy (more church speak) because the language of love, the timeless love of God transcends all boundaries and cultures and, in fact, needs no words - but simply actions. Maybe we should develop a whole new church text speak. LOA - love one another. JDI - Just do it!

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