OMG! More text speak creeping into business communications

It must stop, says the author.

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In recent years, however, one irritation has begun to reign supreme—the increasing use of texting and tweeting lingo in corporate communications and business emails.

Example: “OMG. I just had the best idea. Can’t wait 2 share w/u, LOL!”

Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be a passing fad. According to a recent poll of high school educators, 54 percent claim the “mobile phone text message language” is now creeping into teenagers’ schoolwork.

Even worse, a few years ago New Zealand officials allegedly began allowing high school students to use “text speak” in their written national exams. A local newspaper provided some tongue-in-cheek (I think) examples: “We shal fite dem on d beaches” (Sir Winston Churchill) and “2b or nt 2b” (Shakespeare’s Hamlet). Yikes!

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