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6.13.2005
:: Bad Language ::
Fact: I am irritated by those who can't speak properly. No, I have nothing against people with speech impediments. I do, however, have a thing for proper grammar, pronunciation, spelling... basically, I get irritated with people ignore the rules of proper English. No, I don't speak perfect English. No, I'm not an authority on the language. The thing is, I make an effort to speak (and write) well, and I expect others to try and do the same.

Another fact: the Philippines has been described by many as "the text capital of the world." Being a resident of the said country, I really can't say objectively whether or not this is true. Yes, I could try and do some research on this, but right now, I don't particularly feel like it. I just want to rattle off some facts that relate to the point of this entry.

Yet another fact: ppl hr hav lrnd 2 cmprs dr txts i2 s few chrctrs s psbl n ordr 2 save on dr msf, n also 2 minmyz d strn on dr fngrs. 1 efct of ds s dt mny txtrs gt so used 2 splng in sms shrthnd dt dy smhow 4get hw 2 spl prprly. n a cntry wr englsh hs alrdy bn mngld, btchrd, n odrwys slaughtrd 4 yrs, d arryvl of sms mns n evn grtr dtrioratn n d qlty of wrtn englsh n d cntry.

I tried to write the paragraph above in as few characters as possible. I'm sure others can still compress it a bit more. Would you care to try? Leave your version in a comment if you wish. In any case, the full text follows below.

People here have learned to compress their texts (or text messages) into as few characters as possible in order to save on their monthly service fees, and also to minimize the strain on their fingers. One effect of this is that many texters (as those who use avail of Short Message Service are called) get so used to spelling in SMS shorthand that they somehow "forget" how to spell properly. In a country where English has already been mangled, butchered, and otherwise slaughtered for years, the arrival of SMS means an even greater detorioration in the quality of written English in the country.

Final fact for the entry: It seems not even the English are immune to the ill-effects of SMS shorthand. It's true - so says the author of one of the lists I subscbribe to, This is True. See one of his articles below.
THE KINGZ INGLISH: Britain's Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has decreed that secondary students must not be penalized for misspellings when taking an important hour-long test -- on English proficiency. The spelling standard was loosened when only 71 percent of 14-year-old students managed to "reach the level expected in English" against a target of 75 percent. (London Telegraph) ...Nt srprsng thx 2 txt msgs.

©2005 thisistrue.com, reprinted with permission.
The point: I have no idea. I think the first fact is the point of this entry. I get irritated by the fact that many people, despite receiving a several years of schooling, cannot claim to be fluent in even a single language. However, the last fact gives me a little bit of consolation. I take solace in the idea I am not the only person surrounded by babbling fools. I am comforted by the fact that there are others who are probably just as irritated about bad language as I am. Why?

Shaudenfraude, I guess.

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