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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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jamjam said...
on Feb. 10 2009 at 2:59 pm
i only write full words but i tend to length them out such as like coooollll or yyeeeaahhhh or tthattsss and such on... but i have to watch that when i type up an essay too.

tweedle dee said...
on Feb. 7 2009 at 2:18 pm
texting annoys me. it is soooooo rude when you're talking to someone and they just pull out their phone and start texting on it, in the middle of your conversation!!! i use some things like lol and... well lol is about it. sometimes i write emails like that because my freinds say it "takes too long to read" when i type it normaly. thank you for showing us that there is a tennage girl who's not obssesed with texting!!!!!!!

meghanr17 said...
on Feb. 4 2009 at 10:20 pm
i like to text, but i just can't seem to shorten words! it's hard for me!

jenna-ohhh said...
on Feb. 3 2009 at 1:42 pm
true, true. i always type the full word unless it's something like "lol". but that's really the only acronym i use. it bugs me when people write with bad grammar. :o

Matt303 said...
on Feb. 2 2009 at 9:45 pm
i txt 2 mch!!

chance said...
on Jan. 31 2009 at 5:41 pm
Very true!!!! So many times have i caught myself trying to shorten the words in my school papers and tests its something that you really dont notice your doing until you write out bak or k on a test!!