Fwd: The direction of the English language

From: Wade T. Smith (wade.t.smith@verizon.net)
Date: Tue 04 Mar 2003 - 13:35:47 GMT

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    British Girl Baffles Teacher with SMS Essay

    Sun Mar 2, 9:14 PM ET

    LONDON (Reuters) - An English essay written by a British teenager in text messaging short-hand has reignited concern among teachers that literacy standards are under threat.

    The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday that the 13-year-old's teacher could not decipher what the youngster had written.

    "I could not believe what I was seeing. The page was riddled with hieroglyphics, many of which I simply could not translate," the teacher told the newspaper.

    The teenager's essay which caused the problem began:

    "My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 : kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."

    In translation:

    "My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York. It's a great place."

    Judith Gillespie, of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, told the newspaper a decline in grammar and written English was partly linked to the text messaging craze.

    "Pupils think orally and write phonetically," she said.

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