With just a little stretching you could probably turn this article into something you'd find in the Onion. We've had articles in the past about teachers getting annoyed with students using "texting shorthand" in their papers, but now a teacher was flabbergasted to receive an entire paper written in texting shorthand, which the teacher found impossible to read. The teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, was quoted as saying, "I could not believe what I was seeing. The page was riddled with hieroglyphics, many of which I simply could not translate." Of course, this is bringing English teachers out of the woodwork complaining about how text messaging is destroying the language. I think people get too worried about these things. Languages change over time. However, that doesn't mean students can't be taught when it is (and isn't) appropriate to use such "advancements".
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