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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.
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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+sbeard=oico -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf
Of Hemstreet, Deborah
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
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!!!
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