I remember reading a source that said a person develops about a thousand word
vocabulary for each year of age. Of course at some point in the elderly years
this break off, but I do believe a 40-year old does have twice as large of a
vocabulary as a 20-year old. And it isn't because the older of the two
studies vocabulary words. It has everything to do with every day usage of terms
they need to know, generally for employment if nothing else.Abbreviations are taking over the world, though, it seems. It amazes me the
people with educations that can't write properly. For example, I knew a
gentleman at work who had earned a Master's Degree, yet he couldn't
write a memo or a paragraph that didn't contain fragments and at least one
I'm horrible at this. But, there's also a cult following of folks
that's like to be the English patrol.
I refuse to use short hand when I type or text. It does not save time, and it
just makes us look dumb as a culture.