by Mike Masnick

Internet English From Generation Text

from the those-young-folks-today dept

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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    2Lazy2Register, 20 Sep 2002 @ 8:58am

    Re: As they should!

    Yes, language changes. Words come into favor, have their connotations change, etc. But spelling is spelling, and correct usage is correct usage. Loose != lose. Moot != mute. Two != to != too. IMHO, if you don't want to be taken seriously, by all means construct a sentence like "I thought I was going to loose the game to, but that final goal made that idea mute."

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