I’ll say this for young people and words. The ones that young people add to the language are easier to spell.
‘Lol’ is an easy word to write. ‘Selfie’ is sensible and helpfully orthogonal to such other words as ‘onesie’.
The new words have little time for such silly things as silent letters, double letters, ‘c’s when you mean ‘s’ or ‘k’ and words that clearly make no sense in respect to the prounation (I’m looking at you ‘through’). (There are couple of exceptions: “lolled” is spelt with a double ‘l’ apparently…)
Initiaisms afaik have the slightly different problem of being easy to spell (one hopes) while being impossible to pronounce without the relevant knowledge. But I kind of like the idea of ‘afaik’ going the same was as ‘i.e’ – people know what it means but no idea what it stands for (“it’s probably Latin”).
‘Twerking’ whatever you think about it, is certainly easier to spell than do. (Waltz, on the other hand, apparently doesn’t have an ‘s’).
I’d like to take a moment to applaud this tendency. I like the idea that we are rebuilding the language, that we are giving up on words like ‘Pusillanimity‘ and putting in ‘demo‘. The English of our children will be more even-handed, more universal, and easier to learn.
When I was road-testing this post, I had a conversation with some colleagues (Yep – these ideas are road tested – you should hear the ones that don’t make it…)
Alice: I’ve had people literally say ‘lol’ in conversation to me.
Bob: I might do that. I think it’s reasonable to say “I lolled”.
Me: that’s my point; “I lolled” is much easier to spell than “I laughed”.
Alice: wait hang on – does it have a double L?
Me: *momentary hesitation* well it might, but it’s certainly better than having a ‘ght’ in there.
Bob: “laughed doesn’t either”
Me: *thinks* I rest my case?