Teen Text Message Champ Wins $25K

Teen Text Message Champ Wins $25K

Move over Fatal1ty, you’ve just been ousted by Morgan Pozgar, a 13 year old girl from Claysburg, Pennsylvania, as the most nimble fingered geek on the net. If it’s any consolation, you can still claim to be the most marketed, (though that could change if the National Texting Championship takes off as a prime time sport), and I doubt she poses much threat to your Quake 4 reign. Just don’t challenge her to a Battle of the Texts.

Armed with the LG VX9900 enV, it took Morgan just 42 seconds to correctly type ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidoucious! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. If you say it loud enough you’ll always sound precocious’ on the QWERTY keypad to beat out west coast champ, Eli Tirosh, and take home the $25,000 prize. Such a feat was the pinnacle of a grueling training regimen (for the recipients), which according to her own estimation, consisted of 8,000 text messages a month to family and friends.

When Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) first belted out the lyrics to 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidoucious,' she couldn't have imagined those same words would later be used in what could only be described as 'da gr8st sprtng evnt evr, y0!'

That’s peachy for Morgan, but I’m still coming to terms that such an event exists. Call it a sign of aging (or the Apocalypse), just don’t rule out some cause for concern. Several sites have begun pointing out a 2003 report by Ireland’s State Examination Commission linking text messaging to grammatical laziness. They found that texting ”seems to transfer into formal writing in the form of phonetic spelling and haphazard, or nonexistent, punctuation. There is now a tendency to ignore capital letters and full stops, and to modify the spelling (“hi cu u l8tr”) throughout a text.” Sounds like the typical hyperactive forum post (omg my nu c2d pwns, lol, how do i oc it!!1), but if educators are seeing this kind of AOLish chatter in their students’ term papers, then I’m suddenly scared of what a Generation Z led society could be like (Ali G for President?).

What are your thoughts? Am I being a wet blanket, or do you too find the notion of a National Texting Championship a little absurd? I’d ask my folks, but they’re still trying to fathom why the gamer in me has no issue with the Cyberathletic Professional League…



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Travis Penner

I just got to wonder, I don't mind acronyms and stuff, but where outright spelling like pwned comes in... took me a month to figure out what THAT meant. I thought it was pawned, or an acronym itself, but a deliberate mispelling?

How did THAT come about? And just WHY is a p so much cooler than an O? Maybe I'm old now, since I truly do not understand what and how something becomes cool anymore.




Text messaging is definitely unique in the sense that it's a step backwards in technology. People have been sending messages through text for thousands of years. Seems pretty stupid to me that now that we can have an oral conversation with any person anywhere on the planet people are sending each other messages through text instead, over the same device which allows them to communicate oraly.



A little late to post this, but I think there are some books that were wrote using text speak (if thats what it can be called). The books take place mostly on IM, and it has a lot of the abbreviations. :( I C U L8er alig8er. roflcopter.



I wish the new generation would use real english. I think it's putting all the time that it took to develop a language to waste, lets all start using grunts again!



Sure, a national texting championship is absurd, but coming from a MaxPC editor, its a little hypocritical.



Not a MaxPC Editor, but a contributing writer (we'll see about changing that some day). As for the blogs, let me make clear that my opinions do not necessarily reflect that of Maximum PC.

But getting to your hypocritical comment, care to elaborate? I assume it's a reference to the absurdity of maxing out a PC's performance, at times at the expense of bang/buck. In that respect, I would contend that MaxPC hasn't led to a decline in the quality of any readers' school work, at least not that I'm aware of. If any educators out there disagree, I'd like to hear it! :)



Paul, I think he is referencing the article with your nick name.



I largely agree with the content here. It is very easy (not to mention disturbing) to imagine a "gen Z" future, as you put it, with defunct literary standards in our columns, editorials, magazines, and publications of all kinds.

I see no hypocrisy. While MaximumPC has always been liberal with their choice of language, most of it is somewhat tasteful, and when it is not, its genuinely funny.

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