It's been a while since I was last at the continuation high school. But classes are classes...
The topic of the day was texting. They read an article called "Is Texting Killing the English Language?" And I was given several discussion questions to go over before they had written questions to do.
I got the chance to kind of play anthropologist. How do teens text today? Several claimed that they don't text all that much. They call. I don't know if I believe that. Perhaps the texters were the ones not participating in the discussion.
But there were a few things that I learned about their texting habits:
- LOL is for girls. A couple guys claimed that they only use LMAO, and using LOL indicates a guy is not straight.
- ;) means something different to teens. I had heard this before elsewhere, so I didn't need them to spell out what it meant. Although, their reaction was enough to tell me that what I had heard was correct.
- Punctuation means they're upset. A period equals an exclamation point, basically.
One of the questions was "What abbreviations do you use?" I had hoped to get some new ones. Alas, the only one I was unfamiliar with was TFTI (thanks for the invite). (Oh, and SMO, for obvious reasons.) The others: SMH, GTFO, WTG, GTG. (A couple of these are NSFW.)
So, I make an awful anthropologist. Not a surprise, really.