Cool off-site link:

http://www.netlingo.com/

Appears to be a site compiling (as they call it) “netlingo”.

“Netlingo” (as they use the term) appears to be a morass of legitimate tech-related terms from engineering/electronics/computer-type fields, mixed in with a morass of “Leegspeak and pseudo-acronyms created to get around the (idiotic) 160-character flaw endemic to SMS.

On some level, I really, really, really, really, really hate it when people claim to “admire” something which originated as a “work-around”, for something which should never have been a problem in the first place.

A perfect example of this, is so-called “cursive”:

Cursive (in addition to being inherently ugly as fuck, and virtually impossible to actually read, originated because of the flimsiness of quill “pens”:

The origin of the cursive method is associated with practical advantages of writing speed and infrequent pen lifting to accommodate the limitations of the quill. Quills are fragile, easily broken, and will spatter unless used properly. Steel dip pens followed quills; they were sturdier, but still had some limitations. The individuality of the provenance of a document (see Signature) was a factor also, as opposed to machine font.[2]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cursive#Origin

Question: Do YOU write using a quill?

Answer: NO.  NOBODY encounters quill “pens”, inkwells etc. outside of historical reenactments.

There is literally NO excuse for ANYONE (other than amateur/professional historical reenactors) even being aware of the existence of “cursive”, at all — as anything other than a particularly shitty trivia question.

Much less wasting valuable class time “teaching” it, as part of the curriculum.

Guess what?  Gutenberg’s printing-press dealt a fatal bitch-slap to the “professional” scribe.   “Cursive” should be regarded as extremely obscure, and at least somewhat pretentious — much like caligraphy (which ALSO requires specialized writing implements).

Do we foist calligraphy classes on all students as a core aspect of the curriculum?

No?

Why the hell not?  Cursive-fetishists seem to (mistakenly) regard the (purported) “elegance” of such “handwriting” as intrinsically valuable — so why the fuck don’t we go all the way?  ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE FORCED TO WRITE EXCLUSIVELY IN ‘CURSIVE’ — USING A QUILL AND INKWELL.

“Penmanship”, my sweaty, wrinkled sack! 😦

Well, shit…..I’m off topic, again! 🙂

 

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