The Jamaica Observer: Chat room slang in school essays irks teachers
Chat room slang in school essays irks teachers
Chat room slang in school essays irks teachers But American spelling not a problem for most.
By Luke Douglas Sunday Observer writer Sunday, March 25, 2007
More students at the secondary education level are using abbreviated forms of writing, popularly used for instant messaging via cellphone and in Internet chat rooms, in their school essays, checks by the Sunday Observer revealed.
While the prevalence of this practice is unclear, several teachers acknowledged that many students had been using the shortened form of some words in their essays. Examples of this chat room slang are the use of the letter 'r' for the word 'are'; 'u' for 'you' and 'b4' for 'before'. Therefore, "Are you coming before 12 o'clock?' would be written "r u coming b4 12?"
"The chat room language is getting to us now," veteran English teacher Doris Mayne told the Sunday Observer.