RE: Like I mean: "Grammar Stinks."

Subject: RE: Like I mean: "Grammar Stinks."
From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 10:41:04 -0400

There's an interesting article somewhere I read yesterday about IM shorthand
making its way into the written work of students.

"If u r kewl, u2 will rite like this. YMMV - TTYL"

How would YOU rate something like this submitted as part of a school
assignment? Even worse - is THIS the future of Technical Communications????

What is the world coming 2?


>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net]
>>Sent: Friday, September 20, 2002 10:18 AM
>>Subject: Like I mean: "Grammar Stinks."
>>I heard Muffy whatshername interviewed on NPR yesterday about
>>her article on "like."
>>In response to a question she acknowledged that the usage is
>>pretty much confined to an age range and that adults use the
>>construction only in limited circumstances. (And I remember
>>using "like" the same way when I was a teen mumblety years ago.)
>>I suspect instant message speak will be with us for a while
>>but that it, too, will remain confined to a particular
>>subculture and age group rather than having a major influence
>>on the way adults speak and write. Sure, there will be
>>effects at the margins: advertisers will pick up particular
>>spellings or locutions and they will creep into general
>>usage. But I don't think standard usage is going away anytime soon.

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