I find this to be a very inane question, “Do you write?” When I say yes, they have this to say, “So, you are a wannabe writer.”
To this question, I have a simple answer, “Yes, I write and I express myself through writings. I suffer from a ‘foot in mouth’ syndrome, so I choose the safer option of being more perceptive and judicious about expressing my views.”
Mostly, we talk and express our ideas, either we talk too less or too much. In both the cases, we cannot be considered speakers or exemplary orators. Speaking will always be the primary means of communication.
I have listened to some speakers and orators, who seem to have some typical jargon and usually trying to sell the same idea wrapped in different packages. Simply put, jargons do not impress anyone. The audience is well informed and they can see through the veneer of fabrications.
Many corporate honchos usually resort to such antics, when they want to sound knowledgeable. The latest jargon these corporate bigwigs are using is ‘to build an ecosystem’, considering there is no synergy between any of the departments and locations. So, communicating ideas effectively is not easy.
In a work environment, lack of communication skills is proving to be disastrous. Many individuals in organizations get sympathy promotions (due to favoritism), they lack leadership skills and most importantly, effective communication skills. Ineffective communication can have a domino effect in an organization and language can be wrangled and misused to the point of no return.
Writing as a form of communication in fast losing importance, when words are being shortened (SMS texts and 140 words), and the chatting apps do not leave you with any option. To keep with the speed of fellow interactors, you have to type fast (or you may seem to be a loser). These apps are proving to be major distractions and becoming more of intrusions in our life.
Sorry to have deviated, coming back to the current state of language, I have disowned these apps for good and I do not send SMS’s (Short Message Service). I prefer talking, preferably, face-to-face. It’s my observation, that using apps and trying to communicate with shortened versions of words degrades a language. Here are some for you to consider-
2B or not 2B (Shakespeare won’t be amused at all, the famous soliloquy from Hamlet is in jeopardy)
2G2BT -Too Good to Be True (I thought as much)
AFAIR- As Far As I Remember (weak memory for sure)
These above examples are actually a disservice to the language. I am not a wannabe writer or trying to get published anytime soon. I have a long way to go, and I am just penning down my thoughts. Hopefully, I can keep my sanity, after experiencing such communication or miscommunication in all spheres of life.