Txting ur SAs
Apparently a department in a UK university has decided that students who use ‘text-speak’ in their essays or assignments will have marks deducted for doing so. The reason given was that if students adopt this practice in increasing numbers, the task of reading and correcting the work will become much harder and will take much longer. So while it is gr8 2 use txt methods in SMS messages and tweets, extending it to academic projects is off-limits.
I do have sympathy for this: if I were still marking and grading work I would also find the use of texting spelling and grammar to be highly irritating. However, we may need to start considering whether the SMS generation is moving beyond using txt idioms as electronic slang to considering it the new orthodoxy. On a games show recently a contestant, asked to spell ‘your’, confidently wrote ‘ur’. Are we wrong to fight this?