I've never been afashionable person. When Japanese school children walk past me on their way to , they look at what I'm wearing . But I fashion like how I treat language. I want whatever's comfortable, and the .
Language has its own trends. I frustrated friends in the early 2000s when, in order tothe 160 allowed in a single , I would join words together with numbers and symbols. Vowels disappeared when I thought they were unnecessary. and in every one of my messages. "Your" became "ur" and "by the way" became "BTW"-- not to be confused with "btw," which for me meant "between." Unfortunately, what I thought were beautiful, cleverly crafted messages, friends thought were . So I had to writing in full sentences.
However,that I . several years and it's now rappers, successful companies and some of those same friends vowels and using acronyms and abbreviations. In fact, most people are very "on trend," using language like "LOL" (laughing out loud), "rly" (really), "amirite?" (am I right?) and "totes" (totally). I'm personally a fan of just saying "Haha!" instead of describing that I'm "laughing out loud." Being neither cool nor young, I feel like a using language I associate with cool, young people. You can also be sure that cool, young people most definitely do not use the word "nor."
Like clothing, there are also some words that are considered old-fashioned, and even. In the same way wearing a real coat these days would only encourage people to throw things at me, there's also certain language that I avoid. "Whom," for example, is very and . Using it -- or worse, arguing over how to use it -- will also likely eggs.
, I started watching a regular weekly series on fashion trends in the U.K. Towards the end of winter, I learned about "the new double ." This is basically a high-neck worn under a with a collar -- something I've been doing most of my life. This leads me to the conclusion that perhaps I'm actually not unfashionable. I'm just ahead of fashion trends. By about 11 years.
Thinking too much about trends, whether they're for clothes or for language, could. Whatever fashion or language trend you decide to follow or not, there'll be times when you don't feel comfortable, or when people laugh at your choices. Just know that whatever you decide, at least you'll never be naked.
The Japan Times ST: April 25, 2014