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Is texting creative, or is it damaging the English language?
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We must remember that a language is an ever-changing instrument, employed to communicate ideas, information, etc. It is true that there are many formal “rules” for the expression of long-living, carefully thought out communications, and the so-called “grammatical” rules are to be used in such communications, and are affected by history in all kinds of ways. But texting is something else – it is a conversation in the present, meant to join two or more thinkers at the moment of their creation of a thought. As such, it can be quite creative, as in abbreviations and stock phrases, none of which need to follow the rules of a longer, thought out, “permanent” communication. In speech (and texting is closer to speech than to writing) the only criterion is that sender and receiver share the same code. If the code was Morse Code, and the receiver didn’t know Morse Code, there would be no communication. As for “damage” to the English language, such fears or accusations are groundless.
Posted by wordprof on July 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM (Answer #1)
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