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john mcgill

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Texting hurts you
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:55:52 PM »
You young ones are in danger!

Taken from today's New York Times:

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Ireland's youth are becoming increasingly poor spellers and writers, and their love of text messaging on cell phones is a major reason why, according to the government's Education Department.

In a report published Wednesday, the department's Examination Commission said cutting-edge communications technology has encouraged poor literacy and a blunt, choppy style at odds with academic rigor.

''Text messaging, with its use of phonetic spelling and little or no punctuation, seems to pose a threat to traditional conventions in writing,'' according to the report, based on national test results in English for about 37,000 students aged 15 and 16.

The report branded today's teens ''unduly reliant on short sentences, simple tenses and a limited vocabulary.''

Too many test-takers, it said, were ''choosing to answer sparingly, even minimally, rather than seeing questions as invitations to explore the territory they had studied and to express the breadth and depth of their learning and understanding.''

Ireland is among the world leaders in cell-phone use -- in part because of traditionally high costs for conventional phone lines -- and surveys indicate that a majority of children have their own mobile phone by age 12, with the most enthusiastic texters sending more than 250 a week.


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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2007, 09:33:27 PM »
I know people hate me for it, but I insist on using proper spelling and proper grammar when sending text messages. Even if that means spilling over into two SMSs. I hate recieving.. "wat u doin l8r cu @ game"
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2007, 09:58:55 PM »
Gd Good man Ziggy. I'm with u you on this 1 one. 2 Too many take the easy way out. We can make txtin texting sexy again.
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007, 10:07:40 PM »
I have a Siemens mobile, and prefer to use its predictive text feature.
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2007, 10:09:41 PM »
I will use whole words but i am guilty of throwing in question marks randomly when i'm stuck for something to say
Anyway, long story short... is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling.

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2007, 10:22:03 PM »
Not just in Ireland where there's a problem. There was a case of a girl in England who wrote an English essay entirely in txtspk.

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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2007, 11:06:50 PM »
Sure aren't the Scottish (or is it the english) examining boards, now letting them do exams in txt spk???
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2007, 11:13:28 PM »
As far as I heard, yeah.

But not sure which area.
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2007, 09:14:45 AM »
I use (or I try to use) proper spelling grammar in text messages as well.  I don't mind abbreviated words but messages can be impossible to understand if they don't have the correct punctuation.

Look at the different meanings of these two sentences (heard on the Last Word last week)

He eats, shoots and leaves.
He eats shoots and leaves.
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2007, 09:22:03 AM »
Read that book. Starts well. Begins to bore. A lot.
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2007, 11:08:24 AM »
What does lmfao mean?
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2007, 11:23:17 AM »
Full words for me, that ould text speak is just like Ulster scotch!
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Re: Texting hurts you
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2007, 11:26:06 AM »
No holiness, text speak is harder to follow ;-)
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