You Know What's Overrated? Writing Long Words Like "Not". It Takes Forever!
Because I am over the age of 18, textspeak bugs me to no end. You know what I mean. When it goes beyond the casual LOL and becomes long drawn-out lazy lazy sentences in everyday non-computer related life. So imagine my joy when I heard about this:
New Zealand high school students will be allowed to use text-speak - the second language teenagers have developed for cellphone messages - in exams, according to news reports on Thursday.I suspect this was a move on the educator's part to show just how "with-it" he is. After all, decoding text-speak is part of the difficulty for the aging cronies amongst us. Ten bucks says that some enterprising teen starts making up their own plausible text-speak and turns it in. Something like, "R4'oing 8-I now?" I'd believe it.
Wellington's Dominion Post gave the following examples of text speak in school papers: "We shal fite dem on d beaches" (Sir Winston Churchill) and "2b or nt 2b" (Shakespeare's Hamlet).
Thanks to Eric Berlin for the link.