On This Day

1984 – The world’s worst industrial disaster took place when 42 tonnes of toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked from the Union Carbide subsidiary pesticide plant in the city of Bhopal, India. More than 500,000 people were exposed to the toxic gases, with the symptoms bearing all the hallmarks of cyanide poisoning. The first official death […]

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. […]


I wasn’t sure whether this should go in Fun With English, or Interesting Facts, but it’s so silly, it ended up here, even though it is true… In Stoke-on-Trent, people who are overweight will be sent text messages to encourage them to slim down.  These messages include the following:-  “Why not use the stairs more?” “Have […]

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 […]