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November 15, 2006

Here are some excerpts from a CNN story titled: “New Zealand students may ‘text-speak’ in exams.”

– “New Zealand’s high school students will be able to use ‘text-speak’ — the mobile phone text message language beloved of teenagers — in national exams this year, officials said. Text-speak, a second language for thousands of teens, uses abbreviated words and phrases such as ‘txt’ for ‘text’, ‘lol’ for ‘laughing out loud’ or ‘lots of love,’ and ‘CU’ for ‘see you.’ The move has already divided students and educators who fear it could damage the English language.”
– “New Zealand’s Qualifications Authority said Friday that it still strongly discourages students from using anything other than full English, but that credit will be given if the answer ‘clearly shows the required understanding,’ even if it contains text-speak.”
– “Internet blogger Phil Stevens was not amused by the announcement. ‘nzqa[New Zealand Qualifications Authority]: u mst b joking,’ Stevens wrote. ‘or r u smoking sumthg?'”


Mr. Stevens, u r so rit on. – TL


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