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Are we going too far with text message lingo?

Submitted by on January 30, 2009 – 12:02 pm93 Comments

We’ve heard many concerns surrounding the text message craze over recent years – car accidents caused by messaging on the road, neck problems in kids constantly hunched over their cell phones, etc.

Now school teachers are increasingly becoming worried about text message lingo leaking into students’ homework.

With “u” replacing the word “you” and “r” being used instead of “are”, there is the fear that SMS language may eventually destroy the English language.

Students are turning in papers with these abbreviations, acronyms likes “OMG” and “LOL” among other grammatical errors.

Do you think that we should sweat this issue? And do you think that people should quit resorting so much to text messaging, rather than more personal verbal communication?

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  • Jasmine says:

    lol i do it a lot when im at school typing or writing a paper but i always catch myself u really cant help it sometime though…its like installed into ur brain unconsciously

  • Justin says:

    yea it is, i have to double check my spelling on words because of the craziness. I kinda forgot how to spell LOL….DAMN

  • Jen says:

    And people think I’m wierd because I read the dictionary ^-^

  • waterfallprincess says:

    i dont think so you just gotta kno tha difference i know i do and you gotta be careful i know i am so if ppl act like they got some sense

  • marazee says:

    but who the heck would let a silly goose do that for they dad grave? NAWMEEN? people know they limits!

  • Alexa says:

    I text all the time, but it hasn’t affected me at all academically. I am 13. I still get high 4′s on my ELAS. So my parents have nothing to worry about. :)

  • rezzy says:

    Well i am in accordance with the idea that unduly use of this esoteric terminology is rendering the magnitude of our english language’s poteny grow more decreipt. Nonetheless it is just a mere vogue that would eventually become defunct. Also it is cheifly youth that implement this esoteric terminology in informal collouqial speech with their peers

  • stand^guy says:

    I wouldn’t say it’s an issue to sweat per say it’s more of a parenting thing if parent’s raise children to understand how to adjust accordingly to their surroundings then this isn’t an issue I text all day long and never does it occur to me naturally enough to mix text lingo into a term paper or any otherwise professional document like a resume or something

  • Chloe says:

    That was funny! I think that it will hurt the children’s vocabulary because as a parent your child should know when it’s the time to this and when it’s the time to do that. The children should also know when they are chatting with friends or writing a midterm. I have to catch myself also, but it’s good to know that people do catch theirselves and they don’t type the funny words and stuff.

  • ~*aShLeY*~ says:

    That picture is funny!!!
    I know how to distinguish internet writing with regular writing
    I aint gonna lie tho, when i was in high school and we had all our writing tests, i was tempted to write “u” instead of “you” a few times

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    I’m going to raise my son to speak and write properly no matter what the medium. With cell phones having full keyboards and T9 texting, there’s really no good reason to use shorthand anymore. Back when you had to type “you” as “9-9 6-6-6 8-8″ it was more understandable.

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