RE: once or twice...

Subject: RE: once or twice...
From: "Gordon McLean" <Gordon -dot- McLean -at- GrahamTechnology -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 09:05:29 +0100

Ohh go on then.

"It depends"

If your audience is 13-18 year olds and you are writing, say, a manual for a
game or somesuch then yeah, match your language (dialect?) to the audience.

Other than that, nay nay and thrice nay!

(gives me the heebeejeebies that does)


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om] On Behalf Of Char James-Tanny
Sent: 16 October 2007 19:46
Subject: Re: once or twice...

> Internet and text messaging dialects may be linguistically
> interesting, but everyone knows what real writing looks like by the
> time they exit grade school (let's all light a candle for the
> hardworking grade school english teachers right now).

Well... ;-) I gave a keynote at the Yggdrasil Conference in Norway this week
on the future of communication. One of the things I talked about was "text
speak". It seems that high school teachers in my area
(Massachusetts) are sending letters home to parents because kids are using
text speak on exams and essays, not realizing that it is not formal

On the flip side of the coin, New Zealand's Qualifications Authority stated
in November 2006 that high school students can use text speak in exams
(other than English). (Related link:

This shows how fluid the English language is. (For example, "podcast"
was the 2005 Word of the Year for the New Oxford American Dictionary.)

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