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Mixing "internetian" with correct language?

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Hugh Jasperson

on 3 May 2010

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CONTINUED Why don't you know, Matt? You should... Sadly, in thIS day and age, everybody's like Matt by nikhita airi Da truth abt txting It has been shown that most
phone owners' addicting
habit is not as great as it seems... Carl Sharp knew there was a problem when he spotted his 15-year-old son's summer job application: "i want 2 b a counselor because i love 2 work with kids."
POP QUIZ!
What is wrong with the following sentence?
i want 2 b a counselor because i love 2 work with kids If you can't spot those problems, then I think we have a few bigger ones to figure out. Txting away ur education And the problem is getting worse, as students become more adept at disguising their texting. One student admitted to often sending 10 texts during my class. Others admitted to sending and receiving more than 200 texts over the course of a day. Most kids are such pros that they can text while the phone is in their pocket, a purse or under the desk, while maintaining eye contact with the teacher. For the most part, all this subterfuge might seem like innocent adolescent behavior, but evidence suggests that texting is undermining students' ability to focus and to learn — and creating anxiety to boot. A comment on this article revealed another shocking opinion The author (and obviously some of the commenters) are laboring under the false assumption that the purpose of school is primarily to impart knowledge. That's the case in elementary school. Past that, not so much. We delude ourselves into believe that the familiar high school lament of "how will I ever use in the real world?" somehow isn't true - but it is. Anyone who's actually been in the real world knows this. The majority of jobs are in the service industry, then agriculture, then manufacturing. All of these fields require specialized knowledge...knowledge that's learned on the job (or in some cases, specialized trade schools.) Carl Sharp's story doesn't end where we left it, though. Online lingo may even have roots in other languages, says communications professor Robert Schrag of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The absence of vowels, for example, is similar to how Hebrew is usually written, he says. And the use of "emoticons" — punctuation sequences such as :-) that create smiley faces and the like to convey emotion — are a form of the pictographic characters used in Asian languages. But Bill Doak of Las Vegas sees little value in it. He has barred his daughter, Ashley, 12, from online chatting. She grudgingly concedes that her father has a point."It might hurt me because I might be thinking the same way in school as I would online," she says. "If I'm thinking that way in school, I'm going to misspell words." Many linguistic experts say Doak's and Sharp's approach is extreme. Internet communication will become only more prevalent in the future, and many see the surge in written communication among youth as a positive development after years in which letter-writing seemed a dying form. Looking at this, is compulsive texting really a path you want to take? Is shunning proper English in favor of a mishmash of Hebrew, Asian, and bad grammar a good thing? TXTING:
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REFERENCES! Friess, Steve, and Anne Ryan, USA Today. "'Yo, can u plz help me write English?.'" USA Today. Gannett Co. Inc., 31 Mar. 2003. Web. 1 May 2010. <http://www.usatoday.com/life/ 2003-03-31-chat_x.htm>. definition: literacy rate in most countries, it means the amount of people above 15 that can read and write USA'S LITERACY RATE:
99% of the country over 15 years of age can read and write
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