Quick Look: Chatspeak mite b EZer (or Texting Language Might Be Easier)

Will texting language like "thru" and "nite" replace traditional spelling? Author Annie Murphy Paul explores the issue in her weekly Time column.

"While some of these Internet-age innovations are frivolous or trivial — Shakespeare managed to amuse his audiences without recourse to LOL — other shifts may prove more meaningful. Beverly Plester is a psychologist at Coventry University in England who has conducted research on how young people express themselves in electronic media."

At my house, the mealtime implement used for cutting is called a ka-nife. The joint located between thigh and calf is called a ka-nee. And the medieval warriors who wore suits of armor are called ka-ni-guh-ts. We adopted these unusual pronunciations after my 5-year-old son, Teddy, noticed something odd about the English language.

Read more at: ideas.time.com

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