Essay about Textisms and Literacy

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Texting: Textisms and Effects Texting is one of the fastest growing containers of communication. According to Cellular Online, in only the first three months of 2004, 135 billion text messages were sent. The proof is in the numbers alone. With the explosion of texting, society is forced to keep up with the massive amount of changes in communication. Not only is texting affecting children's knowledge, but also texting brought the development of virtually a new language, textisms. Textisms are the intentional misspelling of words, any use of a shortened word, or acronyms in text messages. Textisms significantly differ from standard English language. Some researchers believe that textisms are detrimental, but other researchers disagree and …show more content…
Not only did the Summerians have the same idea of textisms, but telegraph operators too adopted the idea of textisms. In 1890, the main form of communication was the telegraph, and telegraph users communicated in the shortest way possible. When sending messages like “good morning” or “good night,” the telegraph operators shortened the message to g.n. or g.m. (Huber). The actual definition of textisms includes any use of a shortened word or acronyms, and both the Summerians and telegraph operators used textisms long before cell phones and texting were even an idea. A form of textisms has been around for thousands of years, and only recently people are opposing the idea and finding so many reasons that textisms are a factor of a regressing society. Society has always had a forms of textisms, but textisms have newly integrated into society's daily lives. Even the Oxford English Dictionary has accomodated to the new language. In March 2011, the dictionary's update included the textisms OMG and LOL (Huber). Textisms have secured their spot in the English language by being important enough to be included in the Oxford English Dictionary. Textisms are important enough and convenient enough to remain necessary for the future. Huber makes very valid points to defend textisms. Because of Huber's references to ancient use of textisms, it is hard to blame lower literacy on textisms when they have
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