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by Loretta Leonard
05/12/07
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The impact on language in our culture has changed so much in the past years. Notes and reminders often go like this:

Mom’s list of errands to do: Stop at the USPS and mail the package to CA. Confirm the appointment with the DDS. Remember that the PTA is tonight and remind Shelly that the SAT is scheduled for Saturday at BRHS. Take Kevin to TKD.

Dad’s list of things to do: Verify my flight on TWA to NYC. Remember the AMA convention in May. Go to DMV to renew my license. Get tickets to NASCAR for Alan and me. Set DVR for Golf championship show.

Carrie’s PC message: BTW, did you hear that Joey got a DUI last night? When are you going to get an IPOD? They are so cool. I have SCUBA tomorrow and then I want to post on my BLOG.

Tim’s Comments to friend Chad through IM: Hey, did you see Jill yesterday? What a trip. (LOL). When are you coming over? We can watch a SciFi movie and play on the PS3 until 10:00 PM.

We could elaborate on the way that slang has changed over the years. In earlier years (the 80”s) we used BLOB (Binary Large Object) to describe a form of green oozing material that seeps out of an object and as a result of this acronym many science fiction stories use BLOB as part of the language for their shows. AKA, APB, AWOL, and CPR are all acronyms that were coined earlier and have been accepted into our mainstream language.

We have gotten so used to seeing and hearing these acronyms that they have become part of our culture. I actually think of them as a new language form. These words may be coined by a group of teenagers as a different way to speak. The words do not fit into the regular adult language initially but before too long the abbreviated terms are accepted and almost everyone recognizes the acronyms.

Everything in the world around us is always changing. The progress we have made over the past 10-20 years is astounding and I’m sure that in the next 10-20 years we will see even more progress and newer terms come into our spoken language. The way that we express ourselves sometimes moves so quickly that people have a hard time keeping up with the acronyms. I know I often find some acronyms popping up that I have to ask what they represent. I usually find the answers from my granddaughters who are in middle and high school.

Is there anything in life that is constant and can give us stability? Yes, there is one thing that can help us stay on track and never changes. That is the Word of God and the promises that are contained in the Bible Hebrews 13:8 is the one verse that helps us to understand that “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Malachi 3:6A repeats the constancy of God, “For I am the Lord, I change not.”

Our terminology may change but in James 1:17B we discover that every perfect gift is from God above “with whom there is no variableness.” The words to the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” helps me to understand the unchangeable nature of God and how He works in my life. When I put my faith and trust in Him I can have “Blessed Assurance” (another hymn) that He is always with me. God and His word are the stable elements in my life and help me to face each new day.

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