by Pranay Khatiwara
Pythagoras once said “Do not say little in many words but a great deal in few”. Today’s youth have an inherent liking for use of short/abbreviated words in their conversations.
Vedas and other Sanskrit texts were composed using words as long as sentences.
Talk to an octogenarian and he will explain you the same thing in 5 long sentences, which a teenager would have done in a few words or to say, few letters. The older generation believed in making elaborate discourses on everything. But the present generation which lives in the twitter space, demanding everything to be expressed in 140 characters, does not have time for such elaborate discourses.
We want it short, concise, concrete and sharp. We have an urgency to finish it fast.
Human evolution has reached a stage where it wants more and more information within a fraction of a second. Brains have become sharp and, processing of information, faster. Human beings have learnt to process the given information and to respond it quickly.
Languages have to evolve, to accommodate and keep pace with the evolution in human brains.
It is a known fact that modern Hindi, Nepali and other languages have evolved on the lines of Sanskrit. Whether or not the orthodox school of thought approves to it but, the changes/evolution of newer versions in a language and new trends in discourses have happened and shall continue to happen.
With the growth of human brain, the evolution of newer forms of man-to-man interactions have come up. Thanks to the ever increasing usage of online social media because of which youth is getting addicted to the use of short forms in discourses.
Social media, chat sites and other things have come up, as a perfect breeding ground for such new trends. We prefer to write ‘asap’ instead of ‘as soon as possible’ and ‘gn’ instead of ‘good night’! Modern generations have developed an inherent interest of decomposing the existing words to make new ones. Siliguri has become Sila, Venkateswara is known as Venky, Secretary as Secy, Auditorium as Audi and the list goes on.
Twitter and other networking sites have become so intrinsic to our discourses that Narendra Modi is better known online as #NaMo and Rahul Gandhi as #RaGa .
Words may and must evolve but essence should not be lost, as long as the words that we write or say convey the meaning that is intended to, size of the expression should not be an issue.
It is not about accepting it. It is also not about degrading the core values of an established language. But it actually is the evolution, which is continuously happening since time immemorial. We are used to witnessing such things happening around us. Even in our families, the way our grandparents think and speak, our parents do, and how we think and express have changed not to any smaller extent but majorly. Caste differences, religious and racial distinctions were big things for the bygone generations but we have grown up to understand such differences as part of our social and cultural diversity.
Language, as we all know is a bridge to all societies and culture. What we are is defined by how we express ourselves. Expressing more in few words and in less time is the evolving trend globally. Elders in our society should make way for changes to happen instead of complaining against it, terming it as the degradation of our language.
We will be left behind in the mad race of changes if we do not keep pace with the evolution that is happening almost every day. New words that are increasingly used these days are to be given their due place in the literature and be treated as a part of new language discourse.