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MorningAngel
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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 19:24

Alright I think I've had more then I can take now. When I first came onto the internet I will admit that I went a bit insane trying to figure out what all the short forms of words meant. I quickly learned the LOL and L and even EG (evil grins) and BOL (burst out laughing) and LMAO (okay I don't think I've ever truly laughed my ass off.. it's attached well) It seemed like a cute and fun way to show some expressions on the internet. But one thing bothered me. People shortening words in sentences or using slang for words. Perhaps it's just the memory of always being corrected if I didn't use proper English when talking in class or at home that's influenced me. Trying to read an email or have a conversation with someone that shortens words like For-4.. are-R You-U, is just mind boggling. My first instinct is to think that I'm speaking with someone from a certain age group. Hey I can see where many a teen would do it. When I was in high school we'd send notes in pigLatin. But then I've found out that some people are very well educated that do this. And I don't understand that. If you've spent good money obtaining an education why not use those skills perpetually. Emailing and chatting in these short forms isn't giving a good impression to others. It almost seems to belittle those who do it. Now I'm not saying this about someone who's first language is not English. I've noticed how many times words are shortened or misspelled in that sense. I'm talking about those who have grown up in English speaking countries with good solid educational skills. And what is scary is that more and more people are pushing to have these shortened words accepted. Some people even want them included in a dictionary. Thankfully it hasn't happened yet. Don't even ask about the grammar that people use. Does no one know how to correctly form and use words and sentences anymore? Or is it just me that's noticing this and being agrivated by it?


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sizzlinhot
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Posted on Mon, May 28, 2007 01:08

Hey Morning! IDK.... I'll ask my BFF Debi what's up w/the lingo. BTW its SNF that we didnt have codes to keep PLOS from viewing our notes. I guess we're SOL at this point!! I'll BRB I'll be AFK for a few. OK Im back. NO need to say WB, but TY anyways! lol!! OK G2G 4 now. TTYL!! english version: I dont know......I'll ask my best friend forever Debi whats up w/the lingo. By the way its So not fair that we didnt have codes to keep Parents looking over shoulder from viewing our notes! I guess were S*hit outta luck at this point! I'll be right back. I'll be away from keyboard for a few. Ok Im back. No need to say welcome back, but thank you anyways! Laughing out loud! Ok got to go for now. Talk to you later. My sons text me all the time. I hate the code talk. However Ive conformed somewhat to a few basics... Saves on typing out every word on your phone. Trying to text as opposed to using a keyboard forces you to be creative with making sentences less wordy. I can barely respond to a text message before getting a new one asking me if I was gonna answer the one sent before that !! Its crazy


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angelsr4me
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Posted on Sun, May 27, 2007 06:00

I agree ladies people who use these "short cuts" are really damaging the English language and sound like they graduated from grade school....I as well don't like to correspond with people who use too many short cuts ...some are ok


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crazybeautiful2000
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Posted on Sun, May 27, 2007 05:12

MA, I wrote a blog on this topic a few months back. I agree with you, wholeheartedly. While I don't mind a few shortcuts, like LOL, to constantly butcher the English language, especially in an email, is just plain lazy and makes you look stupid. What woman wants to see a 40-50 year old man typing like a grade schooler? Also, I hate the excuses of some people that they don't have spell check or don't have the time to use proper grammar and punctuation. Please, if you don't have the time to be courteous in that regard, then spare us your blog blathering. AND DON'T GET ME STARTED ON THE PEOPLE WHO USE ALL CAPS! I often wonder how some people graduated from grade school, let alone high school. Please let me qualify this statement to exclude people using English as a second language, as I admire you greatly for learning a foreign language. Class dismissed!


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angelface10
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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 23:29

Morning Angel... You're startin to sound like my mother...: ) lol.. Ahem.. starting.. She was an English major, and trust me, you would Not use words improperly around her, and get by with it ! So, I did the same thing , to my kids.. They loved it too.... : )


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MaryAnne2003
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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 20:57

Writing English does not come naturally for a lot English speaking people. I learnt a lot about Special Learning difficulties 20 years ago. My youngest son English teacher in junior high suggested I have my son tested. After research he had a mild form and needed Tinted Glasses to focus his centred brain, and whilst not a road scholar completed his high school education. A few years later I had to start all over again with my very bright 5 year daughter. She had been attending Montessori since three, and whilst being able to sound out a word, she had no idea what they meant. I remember the discussions with here teachers, saying she was doing well, and having to fight a bit to get them to understand that her memory was 10/10 but start her in the middle of a book, she was stumped. Many tests later, no specific problem was found that we could help her with. Two years later at one of those parties we sometimes have to attend, but don't really enjoy the company, I was talking with the snobby hostess, mentioned my daughters problem, and we had something in common. Her daughter had been saved by this special tutor "Mark" who guided her through her schooling to university and she insisted I see Mark. She followed through the next day with his phone number, I rang Mark who wasn't really looking for another life long student, but he meet my daughter, and he was still their when she graduated from High School, and still their today. At 9 years of age he bought me a Chinese Newspaper and suggested I read while he was working with my daughter, after the session and our Cup of Coffee, I said Mark I love China but can't read Chinese. He said I want you to keep this and every time, you think she should be doing better remember the written word looks just like this paper every time she try?s to read. He also said that my daughter was a very high scale, and that it may never come together naturally for her. At 11 years of age, my daughter who was a shoe a holmic, was dragging me from store to store, for that very special pair, she just had to have. As the shop was still some distance, she started looking at all the signs and sounding them out, as we approached the shop her eyes picked out the words, she joined then together, and I spoilt her rotten that day, she could finally read and then comprehend the meaning, with out relying on symbols and brands. She is now studying for her own teaching career, and Mark is just one of many beautiful Gentlemen that I have meet through my own life's journey. Be a little patient with the symbols some use, it is often the start to their ability to write. I never could have written if computers didn?t have spell check. Many words I change because even Spell Check can not (recognize) them. Lastly I do enjoy my friends Christmas Parties a little more now we have something in common to share; with out Mark neither of our daughters would have had such an easy time following their life?s path. One a Montessori Teacher, The other a Math?s Teacher.


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