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Luv 2 Txt MAG
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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"My names Red and Im an alcoholic."~Red, Shark Night 3D
Thank You! I hate it when my friends dont use proper words when I text them. It gets so annoying! Thank you for sharing your clearly right opinion.
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Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.
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I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future.
I appreciate this article, because when my friends message me using extreme shorthand to say something completely random and unpersonal, I feel like they don't care about me, especially after I've just sent them a long message that bares my soul.
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forever and ever and ever and ever will never be enough
This is honest, truthful and sincere information that reminds us of reality in a careful but firm way. I love how most of what you wrote was easily relatable to. This is an especially perfect essay because it addresses a topic that we all know: texting. Five full stars!
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none, there's too many, although the one about the grapefruit is good. Any by Douglas Adams
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“Nothing can possibly be as cute as David Tennant holding a kitten. Cause the kitten is adorable and then David Tennant is adorable and then your head explodes and you wake up on the floor of your bedroom twenty minutes later with a sock in one hand and a crushed diet coke can in the other. If you’re lucky. If not, you die of fangasm. Although if that happened to me because of Jack, I could probably get Death by Torchwood on my death certificate….”
I do approve of this article though. As a close friend to a guy who will text completely in shorthand, but take half an hour to respond...well, let's say the world does need this pointed out. :P
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"The pen is mightier than the sword" author unknown (to me)
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“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.” - Unknown
I will change this every week!
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All gave some, some gave all. -War Veterans headstone.
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If you want people to be themselves, be prepared to expect not only the best of them, but the worst as well.
Obviously this will be praised and related to and agreed with by many of the users here and to some extent that includes me. I text just the way i speak, mediocre. I dont use my full vocabulary, which like everybody elses on this site is extensive from my consitent reading habits, but i don't sound like some elementary school drop out douche either. I hate it when people do that. it's easy but its unnecessary and they sound like dumbasses, so i agree that nobody should use 'text-speak'.
however, i don't think that anybody should be using their complete vocab for texting either, unless its for one of two reasons: to troll your less educated friends or to get in the habit of talking that way. When it comes to texting most of us don't want to spend a long time punching in buttons and explaining to our friends what the hell this and that means. texting is made for convenience. hey your friends not picking up the phone? no problem, leave them a text. Can't break the silence with a lousy phone call? text em. Bored and don't wanna bother people with an obnoxiously audible verbal conversation? Text that mofo. So abusing that convenience with big, unnesesary words that have little synonimical partners is kind of pointless and a pain in the bottom. That's my opinion anyway.
As for the whole SAT thing, i really don't think it'll affect that especially since you posted this article in a site that consists mainly of teen book worms and writers who spend alot of time with words and learning how to properly put them together. If its somthing a important as SATs i don't think something as stupid as our texting habits will get in the way of our determination to make sure it sounds as good as it can. and if it does get in the way, then chances are the person in question probably didn't care all that much about getting a good mark in the first place.
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Life is a song
Love is the lyrics
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world."
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"Some people think writing is a waist of their time. For me it’s a way to draw an image of myself through the painting of words."
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Life isn't about finding yourself it's about creating yourself-