Mighty Red Pen

April 24, 2008

Apostrophocalypse now

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 5:36 pm
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As if we needed any additional evidence that the end of days is upon us, today I read “Not all 🙂 as informal writing creeps into teen assignments” by Anick Jesdanun. To wit:

Half of the teens surveyed say they sometimes fail to use proper capitalization and punctuation in assignments, while 38 percent have carried over the shortcuts typical in instant messaging or e-mail messages, such as “LOL” for “laughing out loud.” A quarter of teens have used 🙂 and other emoticons.

Overall, 64 percent have used at least one of the informal elements in school.

Teens who consider electronic communications with friends as “writing” are more likely to carry the informal elements into school assignments than those who distinguish the two.

Read more, if you can bring yourself to do so without throwing yourself into a pit of despair regarding today’s youth and how our language is going to hell in a txtspeak handbasket.



  1. We’re going the way of the Roman empire!

    Comment by goofy — April 25, 2008 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  2. Lord, preserve us. Actually, perhaps I should say Lord preserve some of us. Isn’t it about time for another flood?

    Comment by Gez — April 28, 2008 @ 7:04 am | Reply

  3. When scoring essays, lecturers on my course at Uni sometimes used to deduct 1% for every typo or grammar error they found. I think that sort of approach would eliminate smileys in formal writing in a hurry…

    Comment by JD — April 28, 2008 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  4. Oh gracious. I’m a college freshman, but throughout my entire school years I have refused to use any of these shortcuts. I certainly would never ever use any of them in an assignment, and I only use abbreviations when taking notes. I even use proper grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling when text messaging my friends- it’s really not that much harder. How do young adults ever expect to become professionals? I can see it now: “i left the report on ur desk- our competitors r pwning us 😦 btw, love ur new coffee mug- lol zomg rotflmao!” Seriously not amusing… I get pretty annoyed when my friends try using textspeak with me. What is youth coming to these days?!

    Comment by HopeR — May 1, 2008 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

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