kthxbi

While I was thinking about Terry Prachett, I started thinking about Chris Moore, who is the other author whose newest book will bring to an complete halt anything I happen to be accomplishing at the time. So I went over to www.chrismoore.com, and found out two new important facts: the man has a blog, and he has a new book out, like, today (aieeee).

You should read the entire blog, because this is a very funny guy (and its not very long), but for a taste I give you a post about vocabulary and in particular I love this little bit:

kthxbi shortening of “k thx bye”. The K is short for OK, which is short for oll korrect, which is a facetious alteration of All Correct. thx is short for thanx which is a facetious alteration of thanks which is short for thank you. Bye is short for goodbye, which is an alteration of alteration of God be with you. “kthxbye” is the pinnacle of English’s advancement, shortening “All correct, Thank you, God be with you.” into seven lowercase letters. Humanity is doomed.

3 thoughts on “kthxbi

  1. Humanity is doomed. I don’t see that that follows. When things get too short à la kthxbi, the language will provide something else. Besides the phrases are all rather devoid of meaning: they are phatic.

  2. Aw, Fluke wasn’t that bad (I wouldn’t call it a major stumble, just a weaker book. I’m not too big a fan of Sequinned Love Nun, either).

    Tough to follow up a book as good as Lamb, though.

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