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Texting language

Is this double dutch to you? Welcome to texting language, the 21st century English.

SMS language or textese (also known as txt-speak, txtese, chatspeak, txt, txtspk, txtk, txto, texting language, txt lingo, SMSish, txtslang, txt talk, text shorthand) or “texting language” is a term for the abbreviations and slang commonly used with mobile phone text messaging, but sometimes used with other Internet-based communication such as email and instant messaging.

Three features of early mobile phone messaging encouraged users to use abbreviations: (a) Text entry was difficult, requiring multiple key presses on a small keypad to generate each letter; (b) Messages were limited to 160 characters; and (c) it made texting faster.

Once it became popular it took on a life of its own and was often used outside of its original context. Although various research supports the use of SMS language, the popular notion that text messaging is damaging to the linguistic development of young people persists and many view it as a corruption of the standard form of language.

Humphrys describes emoticons and textese as “irritating” and essentially lazy behavior, and surmises that “sloppy” habits gained while using textese will result in students’ growing ignorance of proper grammar and punctuation. (Source: Wikipedia)

Whatever your feelings are, texting language is a reality and we have to cope with it. On the link below, you will see 50 popular text terms:

http://www.netlingo.com/top50/popular-text-terms.php

r u ready 2 try this exercise? Click on the comments to find the solutions.

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Punctuation matters. A lot.

Two funny pictures to show that punctuation matters. A lot. 🙂

Can you see the difference in meaning, if punctuation marks had been used?

English has 14 punctuation marks. American and Bristish English follow the same rules of punctuation but the names may vary. Here you are the main differences (source: grammar. yourdictionary.com): If you want more information about punctuation marks and their rules, click HERE.

Some other common symbols and their names are:

@ at

. dot (for webpages, for example)

# hash (also octothorp and in Am. English pound sign)

& ampersand

/ Slash

_  underscore (for email addresses, for example)

 

in the limelight

The limelight means the centre or focus of attention. If you are in the limelight, you receive the attention and interest from the public. In Spanish we say “Ser el centro de atención, estar de actualidad”.

You will probably agree with me that these children who burst in on their dad, Professor Robert Kelly, while being interviewed by the BBC are a clear example of this expression, taking into account that the video went viral.

These charming kids steal the limelight once more, as they will feature a cartoon trying to help their father out with his important UN jobs. You can read the news here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39724383

 

 

United Kingdom first to recognise parkour as official sport

Good news arrive from the UK for those who love parkour, also known as freerunning. For more information click here.

Irish Winter Solstice

Today marks the Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year. On this day, the ancient passage tomb at County Meath’s Newgrange in Ireland showcases a spectacular lightshow which is 5,000 years old and predates the Egyptian Pyramids.

You can find out more clicking here.

The art of death photography

Nowadays we may find this news and pictures unsettling, but photographing the deads was a way to remember our beloved ones when they passed away. Death was common among children and young people at that time, and having photos taken was an expensive service that not many people could afford. But people made the effort to pay for that last picture with their deceased so that they would remain in the memories forever… It’s part of our history and it’s part of our ancestors.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36389581

Easter Eggs: A sweet custom

It’s Easter and in some countries it’s common to see children looking for eggs that are said to be left by the Easter Bunny… But why eggs? And why bunnies? Click on the links below to find out: