Had anyone else noticed that the words “to be” are starting to disappear from the English language? And also the suffix “ing?” Here is a sample of what I’m talking about (and I’m seeing it more and more often, particularly on message boards):
They can’t have anything that needs cooked.
I don’t get it. Is it that much more difficult to type out the complete sentence: “They can’t have anything that needs to be cooked?” Are those two words no longer necessary to form a complete sentence? Or, alternatively, to write: “They can’t have anything that needs cooking?”
Is this some kind of new internet shorthand that I’m not familiar with? Maybe I’m just getting old, and not up on all the current slang!