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A defense of texting against charges that it’s killing the English language

For reasons of my own, I’m not much for texting. I prefer talking on the phone to sending text messages.

A great-nephew of mine once cleverly opined that if cell phones had initially allowed only texting and later provided for voice communication, most kids today would scoff at texting as old-fashioned.

Nonetheless, this lecture on texting by John Hamilton McWhorter, the brilliant American linguist, fascinates me:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/UmvOgW6iV2s[/youtube]

 

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  1. Steverino

    So don’t drive and finger speak.

  2. Makes sense. Things sure are changing and I don’t want to follow them necessarily. Never thought I’d become the old coot on the block, but that role is more familiar to me than the new ways I don’t appreciate or want to.

    They don’t even teach cursive writing any longer is what I’ve been told. I always admired people with great penmanship. Does anybody remember the Zaner Blose writing pensr? That’s the pen type we learned to write with in grade school.

    The biggest thing that annoys me about youth today is how many I see using calculators to do the most simple of math. The kind of equations my generation and older could do in our head and quickly. I bought an item in a store, gave the young clerk a $20 for a purchase that was $11 if I recall. She had to enter the numbers into a calculator to determine my change. Is that progress or showing how dependent the younger generations are on things outside of their body to explain the world to them. What happens when those electronic networks are interrupted or the battery goes dead?

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