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January 29, 2009
By Christina Costello BRONZE, Hopedale, Massachusetts
Christina Costello BRONZE, Hopedale, Massachusetts
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You need to send a quick text to your mom to tell her soccer practice is canceled. In an effort not to get caught, you reach ever so slowly, skillfully, and one-handedly into your backpack. Drawing your bright purple handheld lifeline from the front pocket, you are careful not to press any button that will reveal your mission to Mr. Boring, who is yapping away at the front of the room. With the phone in your lap, you try not to look down as you type: “sccer canceled! pick^ @2 thx <3.”

Sent. You slip it into you pocket, fearing you will not be able to discreetly get it back in your bag. But wait … your BFF Lucy’s hair looked utterly ridiculous when you passed her in the hall on your way to bio. It’s unthinkable to wait until lunch to tell her. Only a horrid friend would let her saunter around with a mortifying hairdo! So, you repeat the sneaky process of texting: “Fix ur hair, its sticking ^!!!!” Now, not only have you just missed two whole possibly important minutes of Mr. Boring’s lecture, but you have furthered the decline of your spelling and vocabulary.

Could you understand the title of this article? Anyone who has ever texted or used instant messaging can. Most teens love to text. What our English teachers, parents, and future employers would prefer us to say is “I love grammar,” which most of us don’t. There are times when we have to use proper grammar and times when we don’t. The problem is that the line between when to spell-check and proofread and when to just type and send is becoming blurred and almost invisible.

The way we type when we use virtual communication devices affects the way we spell – not just when we’re in a rush, but on school or job assignments too. Ever caught yourself writing u instead of you in an ­essay for school? What about tho instead of though? In a world where instant gratification is everything, we simply do not take the time to add the few extra letters. Although teens today will eventually become the ones who set the standards for spelling and grammar, our elders are calling the shots now, and they tend to look down on spelling and grammatical errors. This could easily affect one’s grades or job opportunities.

Notice it or not, the words we choose, or rather don’t choose, when we use informal communication have significance. Rarely in a text message will a teen use the extensive vocabulary preached by our educators. Seldom do we see the word exultant for happy, morose for sad, querulous for annoyed, or ecstatic for glad in a text. We must reawaken this vast glossary of obscure and unused words if we expect to succeed on exams like the SATs that affect our future.

So, go ahead, work your fingers to the bone texting, but before you hit send, think about what you have written. Consider the words you chose and the way you spelled them and maybe, just maybe, you will retype your message.

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This article has 306 comments.

Sally Anne said...
on Feb. 25 2009 at 9:32 pm
I agree with your point of view on teens choices of vocabulary and grammar while texting affecting everyday routines. When a person doesn't take the time to write a full word or just writes abbreviations or symbols, they are more likely to unconsciously write the same thing in other everyday assignments.

star said...
on Feb. 25 2009 at 9:25 pm
I disagree, i wouldn't want to wast time spelling out the word though when i could just text - tho. when i write a paper i never switch the word you for the letter u. If it were up to me, i would let students write like that for essays, and stories.

Alaskan Girl said...
on Feb. 25 2009 at 9:21 pm
I agree with the article. I think this because over time after repeating something, it becomes a habit. I love to text and the next time i do i will try to write every word out. :)

deffany said...
on Feb. 25 2009 at 9:21 pm
Using shortened words or symbols when your texting does not affect what you put on a piece of paper when you’re actually trying to write a paper.

it also doesn’t affect your vocabulary because its just texting. If you took all the time in the world to text a perfect message, you probably would get caught by Mr. Boring. The point of texting is to send a message that doest take long to read or write. There are times when we have to use proper grammar, but it doest have to be in a text message.

on Feb. 25 2009 at 9:20 pm
I agree because the way we look at our writing is the way we memorize it. After we get into a habit about doing it that way. If kids keep doing that then the grammar is going to decrease.

ChristinaC said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 11:11 pm
Thank you all for the nice comments and constructive criticism, I really appreciate Megan's comment, because that was an angle I didn't really consider. The point of this article was more to focus (

frmgrl95 said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 12:42 am
i totally agree with u Christina when i txt i barely ever type out everything since it takes 2 long tho i always make sure that i write the whole word when i am in skewl if kids do that then i agree w/ u its fine.

Meagan SILVER said...
on Feb. 23 2009 at 1:35 am
Meagan SILVER, Albert Lea, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."
-Lemony Snicket

I don't think typing in that form degrades your grammar skills unless you let it. I'm one of the few who has not gone to level of leaving out several letters and punctuation marks. I spell correctly in texts, emails, blogs, everything. Typing like that reflects who you are and if you write like that in school, well, then it reflects that you don't have your priorities straight in the least bit.

on Feb. 23 2009 at 1:15 am
I agree to some extent. No one wants to spell out the whole word when they can get their point across in 3 or 4 letters. Some teenagers know when to use correct grammar. As long as your "txting" doesn't show in your school work I say..........txt on n ttyl

Halle D. said...
on Feb. 21 2009 at 4:10 am
Halle D., Wellsville, Ohio
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i text oh so much ! but i only shorten some words ! but i agree with you, oh so much !

on Feb. 20 2009 at 8:35 pm
Kazzie Cazort BRONZE, Alexander, Arkansas
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Ive never sent a text in my life and i still dont spell everything correctly or use the best grammmar. I think this is an okay peice but i think the comments on it are dumb.

OMG said...
on Feb. 19 2009 at 11:15 pm
im in detention right now and i texted then :)

on Feb. 19 2009 at 3:20 am
y did u write dis? ur topic couldve came back stronger, it comes off quite tacky.

Tasha said...
on Feb. 19 2009 at 1:22 am
lol I usually don't have an issue with not shortening my words when I write anything but it takes fourever!! O.O

on Feb. 18 2009 at 2:05 am
UndercoverPoet SILVER, Weston, Florida
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I think it's great that you bring up this issue. So many teens don't even realize the importance of this topic, but I think it's great that you're getting the word out there. Good job!

on Feb. 17 2009 at 5:42 pm
omg, wat kind of article is dis? dis is absolutely horrible. ur bff lucy, morbid hair? way to use big vocab dat sounds abolutely ridiculous. how can grammar possibly affect ur SAT's, it's a bubble choice. dis is de worse article ever. u should redo dis article. other than dat, dis artcle is gud. iluvbadgrammar. . .

BEN$ON said...
on Feb. 17 2009 at 3:58 pm
i do that all the time, but i never get caught.

BananaGirl said...
on Feb. 15 2009 at 8:34 pm
BananaGirl, Studio City, California
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That is so true! I ended up shortening a whole paragraph (With txt writing) on an english paper and before I turned it in I noticed what I did and had to re write the whole thing! I used, cuz, txt, luv, wtvr, nvrm... a bunch more.. It was rly funny

vampgirl1234 said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 6:03 pm
Im not oppsessed with texting. its also hard for me to shorten the words on a text like my friends do. but i always use like lol or something. i try to text like my friends do and i usually do but yea....i agree with you lol.

wab 3.0 said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 6:00 pm
iv been in that situation b4 and iv nevr bin cot