As a teenager, I liked to try to be cool by offering congrats instead of congratulations or referring to an invite rather than an invitation. Having signed up today for an “invite” to yet another website that’s supposed to change everything, I realised that I’m just over it. Today, the dropping of -ation is everywhere and it just isn’t fun any more.
I’ve searched my thoughts to see if I’ve just turned into an old fart. There’s probably a bit of that. After all, English is a living language and all that. I just think that if you’re going to abbreviate, you have to know it’s an abbreviation. I wonder if generation Z (or whatever lazy demographers call it) is even going to know that invite is a verb not a noun, or that info is missing two syllables.
The spellchecker, as I type this, has not queried info or congrats, but thinks I should change “any more” to “anymore.”
I don’t think that’s an evolving language.