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Texting-Related Poor Grammar Is Nothing to LOL About

A Penn State study says middle school-age texting habits could lead to declining language and grammar skills. What do you think? Take our poll.

"Tweens" who use text messages to communicate with friends and family might be at risk of declining language and grammar skills, according to researchers at Penn State University.

The middle school-age children who frequently use language adaptations, known as techspeak, when they text performed poorly on a grammar test because they often use shortcuts, such as homophones, omissions of non-essential letters and initials to compose a text message. Examples are LOL (laughing out loud), gr8 (great), nite (for night) and *$ (Starbucks).

The researchers said using these shortcuts can hinder a tween's ability to switch between techspeak and proper grammar.

Will texting spell the end of proper grammar and spelling? What do you think? Take our poll and tell us!

Parent #2 August 08, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Anonymous- that is awesome. Love it.
Margaret French August 08, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I guess AnonymousGrammarian never makes a mistake. HA HA Got news for you, nobody is perfect, including you. Go ahead, correct this post now. There is a lot I can do that I highly doubt you could begin to do.
Patrick Ogburn August 08, 2012 at 02:22 PM
If I may comment on the article (rather than other comments) ; - ). I think it's funny that researchers at a major university are spending their time researching this. Did they really think they would discover anything different than the startlingly obvious hypothesis that developing a habit of misusing punctuation, grammar, and spelling would result in declining spelling and grammar skills? Really? Who paid for that "research?"
Tom W. August 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
What is so different between short hand and texting? Did grammar go downhill when short hand was introduced? When texting was introduced there was not full keyboards so to speed up sending a message one would shorten the words, just as short hand speed up writing/recording what was being said. Again using Acronyms won’t cause grammar to become poor, but laziness will. When a student is writing a report I would hope common sense would tell them to write in a formal manor.
Ed M August 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Not everyone used shorthand, Tom. Shorthand was predominantly used by secretaries to take letters and meeting minutes. Texting is more widely used. Apples to oranges comparison.

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