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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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on Nov. 6 2009 at 9:05 pm
headinclouds BRONZE, Miami, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"We were given: Two hands to hold. To legs to walk. Two eyes to see. Two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find."
"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walk"

thank you for writing this, almost all the time I have to catch myself before writing in text, like this:

thx 4 ritin this almost al da time i hav 2 catch myself b4 ritin in txt lik this

omg_its_me10 said...
on Nov. 5 2009 at 9:50 pm
Skype would be easy but what if it's not avalible at the time or the person you need to talk to doesnt have a skype? Also when i text its the only time i get to spell words like wat or omg.

on Nov. 2 2009 at 6:59 pm
ILoveCoffee BRONZE, Airdrie, Other
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why would you need to text anyways, you can always use skype. its availible on most platforms.

on Oct. 31 2009 at 5:48 pm
BriarRose PLATINUM, Seneca, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
I don't need a rose. I want a daisy you picked for my hair. I don't want some fancy box of chocolate. I want a pink frosting cookie you made just for me. Lets skip the upscale restaraunt and have a picnic in the park.

Wow, I know how much it ticks me off when people write as if they were texting, but at the same time I use words and phrases like that. It's just a bad habbit that teens in general need to break.

on Oct. 9 2009 at 2:24 pm
dragonfan SILVER, Arcidia, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Death truly makes an artist"

i agree people do text alot but they cant help it i get on my e-mail all the time and i use text talk but they need to learn when to use text talk and when to use regular writing

Alysha said...
on Oct. 9 2009 at 9:45 am
Yes, i think that it is true that kids dont relize when they are texting and i-ming each other, how much they are using bad grammer.

on Sep. 17 2009 at 6:22 pm
wordweaver96 PLATINUM, Winchester, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
" It is not our abilities but our choices that show who we truly are. "
Albus Dumbledore


See, we really DON'T have anything to fear but fear itself!

This is really good. I luv texting but don't talk that way, out loud or in school assignments. I luv your article!

ChristinaC said...
on Sep. 17 2009 at 3:57 pm
Thank you so much for the positive feedback, please keep in mind that I was this article does NOT say "ppl who txt r idiots", this article is just an attempt to motivate teens to watch little errors and keep them from interfeiring with their classroom language. +txting lik this is rrlly annyoing :)

ReallyRachel said...
on Jul. 26 2009 at 4:28 am
As a nearly teen girl, I absolutley love to text. However, I don't use chatspeak. I find it ridiculous. I have a keybroad phone and I use it to my full potential. I spell out everything, because I am a sucker for a phone with a keybroad. Of course, I love my smilies. :D

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on Jul. 25 2009 at 7:19 pm
Emily(: BRONZE, Montclair, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
love is giving someone the power to destroy you...but trusting them not to

okkk so i love txting to death. i use txting words and sumtimes i accidently use it at skool. ive never rlly gotten in trouble for it cuz my teachers get wat i mean to say. but i hav gotten points off once for grammer/spelling. i try to not txt much but sumtimes its hard not to. i like this story and i hope it helps me to not txt as much as i do now. tho my habbits arent as bad as last month (22,000 txts. sent and recieved during and outside of skool)

on Jul. 24 2009 at 3:44 am
claire_foley BRONZE, Wenonah, New Jersey
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Yeah, I hate when people shorten words in illegible ways too. However, just because I text doesn't make me an idiot. It makes me a normal teenager; and, just because my friends text in shorthand doesn't mean they're idiots either. I agree, let's all write normally. But expecting me to text with vocab words? Come on now. I've got a pretty hefty vocabulary, but I'd like to save it for the classroom, thanks.

on Jul. 15 2009 at 1:20 am
biggerinfinities SILVER, Superior, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This is so crazy true! and to all of you talking about freedom of speach and its america and all that stuff, im sorry, but speach isnt speach unless you know how to actually use some of those more difficult words. Also, havent you ever heard that nothing is free??? And tweedle dee, i completely agree with you. I have a cousin who texts all the time, even when im there, and i hardly ever see her!!!!! so our conversations sort of go like this-

ME-"hey(cousin's name- lets call her K)i havent seen you in forever! how's school?"

K- " hmmmm? what did you say?(puts away phone after texting)oh hold on"(texts again)

ME- " i said, school! how is it?"

K-"what? sorry i wasnt listening"(texts again)

Me- "whatever, see you later"

Ok, that is exactly like it is with her, not kidding. Also, texting ruins you communicating skills face to face, because you are used to being able to say what ever you like and not having confrontational problems. so then, when you cant hold down a job because of communicatting problems, you can thank that fabulous phone of yours :)

on Jul. 8 2009 at 8:15 pm
EarthBoundAngel BRONZE, Clinton, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love."
~Dr. Suess

i luv textin i use text wordz n class al the time

on Jun. 26 2009 at 3:06 am
I can't text (I'm just not allowed to) and I really am overjoyed at the fact that my parents have taken that away from me, because I am far better in English class than 99% of the boneheads I go to school with. Great article. I will not bring up anyone's name, but whilst looking through the comments, I saw that someone had written an input that consisted mostly of texting language. I seldom can't decipher what they say, and most of the time, I say "[insert friend's name here], have you listened to Mrs.Holloway all year? Did you understand anything she was saying, or do you need to go back to second grade?" I just don't understand why anyone would knowingly and willingly lower their intelligence quotent (most people don't even know what that is) to the extent where they write on school papers and essays like that.

on Jun. 16 2009 at 2:18 pm
volleychick BRONZE, Aurora, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"live life like theres no tomorrow"

yaa teachers always say phones are bad and they need work children always need to focus more on work well i 4 1 always txt not just my parents but the person sitting next too me and the person 3 rows away from me!!!!

rubiesrrare said...
on May. 29 2009 at 9:37 pm
to all the texting "luvrs" out there, be warned, in most classes f u wrte n txt, u fail!!!! (can u say "cu n sumr schl"?)

on May. 26 2009 at 2:18 pm
ok, i absolutly love to txt. and in classes i dont use txt language. i have been txting ever since i was 9, and now im 13. and i still do not use txt language in my essays or just in regular writing. so really, is there a problem?

on May. 25 2009 at 2:26 am
monsta_bree BRONZE, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
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Personally, I text like a maniac and still use different and more vocarbulary words. I type professonally all the time and other I tye like a normal teen. I don't think texting is declining teens grammer, I just think that it's showing the laziness of teens.

on May. 22 2009 at 9:32 pm
The real question is why is it so important to be plugged in to an artificial world? Believe me, you can survive without texting. You can survive, dare I say it, without a cell phone. You can survive without ipod wires plugged into your ears. We survived. The problem is that if teens stay plugged in to all these modern devices, I fear you will lose out on what is really happening in your surroundings--and that includes Mr. Boring's lecture. I'm tired of seeing text abbreviations filter into student essays. I always do a quick scan, and if I see any text-style writing, I give the papers back to students, tell them to fix their mistakes, and then turn it in. Of course, those papers become late and my students lose some points. After that, they never turn those kinds of papers in. Texting messages will not go away, but students need to realize when it is appropriate--or not.

on May. 16 2009 at 1:33 pm
Spencer NO BRONZE, Dayvill, Connecticut
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maybe if teahcers said that cell phones are allowed, maybe we wouldnt type those stupid characters really fast because you dont want to get in trouble. its not always your will to type like that but you have to in order to not get cuaght