"Unfriend" is Oxford's Word of the Year

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Erenox

So falls the great English language, it was indeed a fine run.

I am so sick of grading papers with kids writing entirely in "Text Speak". Not capitalizing i, using u for you, and even having the audacity to completely disregard the period. If you think this is an isolated incident or just the exaggeration of a school teacher you are sorely mistaken. 

 

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1337Goose

They say teachers are using purple pens now because red is detrimental to students' confidence. However, if I was ever to find "u" written in lieu of "you", I would probably whip out a red sharpie.

As for the purity of the English language, I don't think it's ever been "pure". After all, English is just an assortment of other languages. Perhaps Internet-speak is next in line for assimilation?

~Goose

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Vegan

I've seen posts like that on messageboards, so bad that I can't even understand what they're saying... but are you seriously saying that they turn in school papers like that???

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dag1992

I don't disagree at all that text speak is pretty much unacceptable within papers, but we are far from the fall of the "great" English language.  One arbitrarily but together by a group of bishops and monks nonetheless; times change whether you like it or not.  Should we all continue speaking in Old English or Shakespearian English?  Surely not.  Language changes with society.

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nekollx

 For sooth thou douth speak the truth, anon! Verily twoud be quite the deed were we still recording our thoughts on parchment in the King's English. And tis one for thought that in the future.

we may lok bak on englsh usd nao as archachic and useless as the King's Englsh, LOL!

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nekollx

 a semi valid point, but i think it is the onus of the teachers to set the guides. Not those who look for what becomes frequently spoken to be ackoledge. Remember if the dictonary never changed Nigger would still be the word of choice for a Affrican American.

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Erenox

Not to sound like "Grammar Nazi", but based on your comment you have no right to comment on the degradation of the English language.

Don't even get me started on political correctness.  

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nekollx

 I'm not writting a report for school now am I?

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I'm having a gay old time smoking a faggot with my nigger chum.

(a perfectly inocent statement, more or less, in Mark Twain's time)

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Erenox

My god, if only everyone would act like it.

And if you even suggest the modification of Mark Twain based on something that you find "offensive" I will lose more of my small amount of faith in humanity and the youth of America.  

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nekollx

 Amen *holds out a carton of smokes "Care for a faggot?"

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Erenox

No thank you, I do not smoke.

And if I judge correctly you are not yet of legal age to have those in your possession. 

 

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nekollx

 Good sir i am a Dandy and a Gentleman going on to my 30th summer, i'm pratically retired and have one foot already in the grave if i am not yet old enought to partake in a fine faggot when good sir would I?

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Erenox

Well at that ripe age it may be time to advance your politcal views a bit...

(See China censorship thread) 

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Caboose

And take some adult education classes to assist in your spelling and grammatical skills. Not you Erenox, nekollx.

I would have hoped that at 30 years of age, you would have learned how to properly spell, use grammar and punctuation. Just because you're "using teh intertubes" doesn't mean you can have complete disregard for the English language. I'm only 26 and I find your lack of respect for the English language appalling!

I find it very difficult to read, and take someone's opinion seriously when they use "txtspek". You simply look like a child trying to join in on an Adult conversation by saying "ME TOO! ME TOO!" and flailing wildly until someone notices you.

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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nekollx

 If that makes you feel better, rant all you want. I have my reasons for the way I type, and have nothing to prove.

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Vegan

Your reasons? Wow, that just sounds sinister.

 

Well, okay then, as long as it's all just a part of your carefully contrived plot.

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nekollx

 un-derwhelming

 

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