This is serious stuff we're talking about here. Words are the tools of our verbal thinking; wooly words, wooly thinking.
Most people are not aware that each of us has three vocabularies. The first of these is our 'recognition vocabulary' that we use when we read. It should be - and generally is - much, much bigger than the other two. It might comprise some 20,000 to 30,000 words or more.
The next is our 'writing vocabulary,' the words we use when we write. It might run to half or less than the 'recognition vocabulary,' if we are reasonably literate. A person who writes a lot continues to develop this. A person who texts using abbreviations does not.
And lastly we have our 'spoken vocabulary.' And this is small indeed and can run to as few a few hundred words with some people. This is our everyday, face-to-face conversational stuff.
Bearing in mind that we have around 500,000 words in our major dictionaries, you can see the poor state of our ability to 'think verbally.'
Mobile phones - especially texting - is making things even worse.