From The Publisher: Back to School? OMG!

I have long lamented the assault on the English language being waged in the ever-increasing world of social media. WeAreSocial.com.au, an Australian research group, conducted an in-depth study of the new and often foreign language emerging each day. Managing director, Julian Ward, says the increased and preferred use of abbreviated slang offers the appeal of being in the know and includes the subversive nature of the evolving secret social code.

When I have the opportunity to speak with aspiring communications students, one of the first questions I ask is: How do you get your information about what is going on in the world that may have an impact on you? Usually the majority (if not all) will say a Twitter news feed. One hundred and forty characters tells them all they need to know about life and the world they are destined to inherit.

PPL R U JK? Cuz TBT I’m SMH (People are you just kidding? Because truth be told I’m shaking my head).
What is even more depressing is that the world between grammar, spelling and composition has become blurred, rather ingrained, with social media code. IKR (I know right)?

Sometimes frustrated, I will tell students ICYMI Txt TMI is like a FOMO (In case you missed it, texting too much information is like a fear of missing out).

What would the classics be if social media had been around? Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo? Yo Romeo, it’s MCM (Man Crush Monday). Hope you LMS (like my status) if not TTYN (talk to you never).

FWIW (for what it’s worth), in this issue we take a look at many facets of the state of education today as well as provide a third-party-generated statistical ranking of the state’s public high schools. Before you LOL (laugh out loud) about where your school ranks, the details and methodology for the rankings are included FYI (for your information).

While folks often feel it is perfectly acceptable to express personal feeling via slang — HBD (happy birthday), ILY (I love you), ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing), BFF (best friend forever) — forgive me for not using GTG (got to go), TTYS (talk to you soon) or YOLO (you only live once).

So, enjoy the Rhode. –J.J.P.