Fighter pilot, Royal Navy 1945, Hydrographer Iraq 1947-52 India 1952-53, Canadian Hydrographic Arctic explorer 1953-1960, Writer-producer Canadian National Film Board 1961-72, Freelance journalist, audio-visual producer 1972-2009, National Press Club of Canada 1961 - 2006

Friday, September 25, 2009


wd u b wrrid abt wot qv migt thnk?

One-hundred-year-old pen and ink letters, written by Winston Churchill to and from his friends and colleagues, show that the abbreviated-thumb-text-messaging styles utilized by today's teenagers on their cellphones, so often to the despair of their teachers, appear to be nothing new.

Churchill and his high-titled relations and cronies, highly skilled and educated in the literary arts as they were, liberally spattered their correspondence to each other with such timesaving abbreviations as:

cd —could; wd—would; vy —very; and w/o—without; even Brit—British; and many other like fragments of shorthand.

So even in the most exalted enclaves of precious literacy, when exchanging simple and informal messages, language just ain’t immune to lazy timesaving shortcuts.

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