Rudy Park (11/4/10)

Thousands of linguists (and other grammar nerds) have fretted over texting, arguing that its reliance on sentence fragments, abbreviations, and emoticons demeans the English language. I’m sympathetic to these arguments, but they don’t capture the aspect of texting that bothers me the most. What really gets on my nerves is the frequency with which texters either ignore or fail to adequately answer their messages. But let’s give texters some credit. They may be so accustomed to reading banal, poorly worded messages that their responses have become equally dumbed down. Which came first, the weakly worded question or the wishy-washy answer? That’s like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg?

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