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Old 03-21-2007, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Do you think the English language and the written form is being affected by the use of IMing (Instant Messaging)?
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:34 PM
 
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For some I would say yes, because they forget all kinds of capitalization and not just that, but products with automatic speller checkers make it difficult for people to learn how to spell words because a lot of times the words will change and you won't even know it. There is no learning in that.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:03 PM
 
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For some I would say yes, because they forget all kinds of capitalization and not just that, but products with automatic speller checkers make it difficult for people to learn how to spell words because a lot of times the words will change and you won't even know it. There is no learning in that.

Ok, as a horrible speller, spellcheck has actually HELPED me become a better speller because I can see the words I misspell and how they are supposed to be spelled.


IM'ing however is NOT a good thing mainly because it is used by teens who haven't developed good writing habits and since their cellphones have been surgically implanted in their hands and they can't even drive down the road without text messaging someone the habits they are developing center around the IM world. I have gotten e-mails from teens/young adults all in IM language, which no one over the age of 25 can decipher anyway. I have talked with teacher friends that are currently teaching and they frequently get FORMAL papers turned in with IMisms through out. It is a sad, sad state these teens are in. My kids do IM and while I am watching over their shoulder at their 'spelling" I make them correct their words so they are spelled right. I caught my daughter writing a paper and it had the word 'cuz in it. She got a good talking to about that.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:08 PM
 
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Ok, as a horrible speller, spellcheck has actually HELPED me become a better speller because I can see the words I misspell and how they are supposed to be spelled.
Now I never said spell checker doesn't help. I said automatic spell checker isn't a good thing.

Two different things.
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:56 PM
 
Location: NC
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I think IM does result in poor grammar. When I was teaching, I noticed on some papers what looked to be instant messaging talk, and I did count off for that.

I can't really act like I'm perfect though because I used IM religiously in college and took a public relations writing class in which I put "..." into one of my papers and my instructor counted off.

I think it's possible to separate the two out through discipline, but for kids these days, that's awfully tough.
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Old 03-24-2007, 08:19 PM
 
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sure,but only partly
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