Being a person who loves to text all day and it has only been some time since I noticed a revolutionary change in the communication world. Nobody is saying ‘okay’ anymore. It is with an awe that I could realise this mysterious fact. Keeping out the formal, official emails, the word okay, which could morally summarise most of the human emotions is on a verge of extinction. To make things more clear I had to delve more into the case (mostly browsing on the internet and asking people around).
A new competitor – k
This small, sad-looking letter which is pronounced very similar to the word okay is the new internet sensation, which of course you would know because you are using the internet like everyone to read this. This letter has become the single most favourite letter to everyone using text messages in the recent period.
Anyone who has touched the internet for a single moment would completely understand the significance of ‘k’; it makes texting easier, better, faster.
For those who are unaware,
- okay: Agreeing to something or someone. Mainly used for a standardised, formal and comprehensive message, which of course was the father of other abbreviations.
- ok: The most widely used abbreviation of okay, which could be used in all kinds of situations, official or unofficial. Ok is love, caring, thought-provoking, nice and lastly, thankful.
- k: It is the newer form (In a biased state, I find the letter very rude and do no respect to the recipient, let’s keep it to ourselves). It is easy to type, takes a very shorter time than the former. Lacks empathy!
It made communication better,but made people care-less.
How it changed
As technology grew and communication became faster, the wave of impatience has taken over the people. A slight buffering in videos, slow internet connections or even not able to type a whole word has turned out to be a very suffocating experience.
There were times when sending a handwritten letter took three days to reach the recipient and it took another three days to get a response. From there looking forward to where we are now. The lack of time to complete a single word is very questionable.
Of course, people can use abbreviations and short forms to communicate. But to make things specific, why don’t use the longer one.
He: do not worry, I am here for you. Call me if there is something and don’t hesitate to ask for help.
(No, I don’t need your help and stop bothering me.)
The ‘k’ sums up everything. But the other guy may not be getting the same idea. He may positively be caring for me, while I don’t even bother about him.
The same applies to longer messages. When someone sends me a long message of two or three paragraphs and I give him back a simple ‘k’. Sounds all right for me but the person on the other side of the channel is a human being too, it may not be all right for him.
Most people use it just to keep up with the trend and the rest use it knowing its true nature.
It is not that ‘k’ is rude or should not be used. It is some times very useful, when you don’t want someone to keep bothering you or when you are on a very busy schedule but have to reply to the message.
‘k’ is not a villain. But it is rather an anti-hero, who would like to play as per the circumstances propose.
Is this the end
From all my searching I got to the end that okay didn’t disappear it just turned itself into a better version in order to keep up with the competition of the global communication.
Just like everything finds it’s way out, okay found out it’s way. When time comes and circumstances compel may be ‘k’ will also change itself to an easier version to provide a better and smoother life service.
Everything has to undergo changes, as long as it helps humanity and brings happiness, it must have to.