Texting can be dangerous

A student got the following text from his mother:- Mom: Your great-aunt just passed away. LOL. He texted back:- Son: Mom! Why is that funny? Mom: It’s not funny! What do you mean? Son: Mom, LOL means Laughing Out Loud. Mom: I thought it meant Lots 
of Love. OMG! I have to call everyone back. […]

Word Play

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by Margaret Watson

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Wherever people meet they communicate. Often words are general, ones that everyone can understand, but there are also specialist languages, or jargon that are only used by a particular group or on special occasions.


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It’s GR8!

A linguistics expert has rejected claims that texting by mobile phone is bad for language and literacy skills. Professor David Crystal argues that such condensed messages enhance and enrich language skills. He called it an “urban myth” that school work was riddled with text speech, and said in fact students knew when to use it […]