Texting Is Ruining Language

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Texting is something that people use everyday. People have also been arguing about it. The debates have mostly been about language. Three of the main discussions are: Texting is ruining our language, english is going to end up as abbreviations because of it, and it wastes time. A british writer, John Humphrys thinks texting leads to bad habits. On the other hand John McWhorter, an American linguist and David Crystal, a British linguist, disagree and think that language it just in evolution.

The first argument is that texting is ruining the language. People are saying that our punctuation, and grammar is going out the roof. Humphrys says this in his article called “I h8 txt msgs” that this is true,“They are destroying it: pillaging our punctuation; savaging our sentences; [ravaging] our vocabulary. And they must be stopped” (pg7 lines 55-57). However, many people like McWhorter and Crystal disagree. They say that language has always had it’s ups and downs and that texting is actually helping our language. First Mcwhorter says in a TED talk, “People have complained about language being ruined since 63 AD” (Mcwhorter TED Talk 2013). Secondly Crystal says in his article called “2b or not 2b”, “The children who were better at spelling and writing used the most textism” (pg24 lines 243-245).
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People use abbreviations every day in there texting it’s just the normal thing, but Humphrys says that it is going to far and to long. He says, “It began with some fairly obvious and relatively inoffensive abbreviations...but as it has developed its uses have sought out increasingly obscure ways of expressing themselves” (pg8-9 lines 93-98). Again we have the defenders. Crystal is saying that we’ve had abreviations along time ago and that texting is not to blame for abbreviations. Crystal says, “Eric Partridge published a Dictionary of Abbreviations in 1942...50 years before texting was born” (pg20 lines

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