From the VP of library software company SirsiDynix, Stephen Abram, comes this link to a study from the University of Toronto which has found that SMS may not be as destructive to the foundations of English as was previously thought.
A two-year study of more than one million words of text messaging between 71 Toronto teens found their unique shorthand not only forms just 2.4 per cent of their online dialogue, it also shows a versatility and adaptability that may actually strengthen their command of the language.
So, while the groundbreaking research may not lead concerned parents to lol, University of Toronto sociolinguist Sali Tagliamonte insists, when it comes to angst about the English skills of the 80 per cent of Canadian teenagers who use instant messaging, they should, like, chill.
The head researcher, a mother of four who is the same age as me!!
suggests she is more concerned about who her children are talking to
than what grammar or spelling they use.
I have to admit that now that I have a new phone, it's me that's using more abbreviations, due to a clumsier keypad and being all thumbs.
There's something a bit tacky about addressing one's offspring as 'u'. There's also something a bit slipshod about the sub-editing on the Star's article - cop this 'sentence' that slipped through:
Noting that students in her classes, who need high grade point averages to get into the university in the first place, have confessed they just cannot stop saying "like."