My human is still working on her yearly tax madness! Now, it’s all about finding the cost basis for something called a “mutual fund.” She had to pull out old tax returns from before I was born. So I did the logical thing: I sat on them and pondered. Not about anything in particular, just stuff. Except my mind kept returning to something I read on a human blog the other day.
Of course, I mostly visit blogs written by other cats, but occasionally I do stop by a few human blogs (it gives me insight into how their minds work). And I ran across a post written by Jen of Redhead Ranting. It was about copycat bloggers — bloggers with no personality who just jump on the latest trends, or even lift other bloggers’ posts. And she mentioned imitating “shtick” too — one thing she said was, “I donâ€™t know who started the cat blog fad, probably that cheeseburger cat, but whoever did it is now responsible for 352 billion blogs about cats, dogs, goats and other animals.”
Of course, I had to comment and mention that I’ve been online since January 2003, which I believe predates any cheeseburgers (although I wouldn’t know, the humans here don’t eat red meat). If I helped get the cat blogging trend underway, I am proud of it! Look at how far it has spread! There’s even a pet blogging conference next month called BlogPaws (and my human is one of the speakers). Now that I think of it, I am beginning to wonder if I should be getting a bigger piece of the pet blogging action.
Anyway. Jen replied to my comment with a question: “Sparkle, maybe you could teach the other cats how to spell properly. I know cats are smart — why canâ€™t they use spell check? You spell words the right way, whatâ€™s up with cats who canâ€™t spell? I donâ€™t get it.”
Good question! I have never understood the whole LOL speak thing either. I do have a few theories. Here they are:
- English is a second language to cats, and just like humans, some cats are linguistically gifted, while others struggle with learning a new language.
- Some cats are relying on humans to translate for them and just dictate their blog and Twitter posts. In this case, it’s the human’s fault because they are the ones who can’t spell.
- It is a human device to make cats seem stupid! Yes, I know that sounds like one of those silly conspiracy theories, but I believe there may be something to it.
- It’s a cat device to make humans seem stupid for thinking that cats actually speak this way.
All I know is I am utterly incapable of speaking LOL — it would sound about as natural as my human (an editor-for-hire) speaking adolescent slang. Trust me, I tried a few LOL “frazes” and it made me cringe.
So you guys tell me — what is with all this LOL cat speak? Some of you do it, some of you don’t. Can any of you explain it?