RE: Verbing text

Subject: RE: Verbing text
From: "Sam Beard" <sbeard -at- oico -dot- com>
To: "Hemstreet, Deborah" <DHemstreet -at- kaydon -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 17:20:31 -0500


Sorry to be chiming in rather late on this, but it was a bit busy the
past day or two!

In any case, my wife is a professor and, recently, one of her
students actually handed in a paper written in such shorthand as that
used in texting! She handed it back and told the author to re-write it
using actual English! It's rather surprising the capacities in which
people are trying to use text shorthand these days!

Samuel I. Beard, Jr.
Technical Writer
OI Analytical
979 690-1711 Ext. 222
sbeard -at- oico -dot- com

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Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 3:17 PM
Subject: RE: Verbing text

I'm tex - ted out...

Truthfully? I think that the beauty of the English language is falling
to the wayside and it is becoming increasingly utilitarian... And that a
lot of the developments in our language are leading to the dumbing down
of people.... Distancing them from higher literature and

Sometimes I find what we have to write downright silly.

"Be careful not to drop the glass when removing it from the packageing.
The glass could break." <DUH>

Messages on paper coffee cups - danger, contains hot liquids, could burn
when spilled...

And now a verb "to text". Well I guess the verb is a natural development
of language for "text messages". I suppose we could have "to message" -
but what is really happening is a lot more than that.

C u l8r - not "see you later"

And we wonder why there are so many educated people out there who can no
longer read or write!!!

Make sense?


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