Contextual Texting: ou812 prolly 153 2mr 4eva
Can you decipher the gibberish in the title of today’s post? If you under 15-years-old you certainly can. If you’re over 40 — you might need a clue.
We know how to textually laugh but do we understand the tenets of basic colloquial textual conversation?
The New York Times
recently reported kids are going crazy with SMS “texting” on their
cellular phones and creating their own sub-language to thwart parental
control and direct observation:
In a survey released 18 months ago, AT&T found that
among 1,175 parents the company interviewed, nearly half learned how to
text-message from their children.
More than 60 percent of parents
agreed that it helped them communicate, but that sometimes children
didn’t want to hear their voice at all. When asked if their children
wanted a call or a text message requesting that they be home by curfew,
for instance, 58 percent of parents said their children preferred a
Is SMS texting degrading proper English — or is it enhancing the way
we communicate with each other?
Should “texting” even be considered a word?
Or is “texting” now a language — with its own style, grammar,
structure and context — that should be studied, taught and honored as
a part of a whole new cultural revolution?