It seems that teachers everywhere are getting annoyed at kids using "internet English" shorthand in their papers (NY Times, etc). They even add things like smileys to help make their points (though, admittedly, I've found myself doing the same thing). Interestingly, the students mostly seem upset when they're called on it, saying that this is the way they communicate, and if teachers don't like it, it's just because they're out of touch. A few teachers are accepting it, and trying to use it to help students to express themselves or to learn about how language evolves. However, most find the trend disturbing.
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