Saturday, November 11, 2006


I wonder what percentage of the graduating seniors at this school will be getting drool cups along with their diplomas this year.

Or maybe pencil cups and monkeys to start them off on the path of their future vocation.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --New Zealand's high school students will be able to use "text-speak" -- the mobile phone text message language beloved of teenagers -- in national exams this year, officials said.

Text-speak, a second language for thousands of teens, uses abbreviated words and phrases such as "txt" for "text", "lol" for "laughing out loud" or "lots of love," and "CU" for "see you."

The move has already divided students and educators who fear it could damage the English language

Damage the English language? Hardly.

Create a generation of illiterate numbnuts?

Pretty much.

New Zealand's Qualifications Authority said Friday that it still strongly discourages students from using anything other than full English, but that credit will be given if the answer "clearly shows the required understanding," even if it contains text-speak.

1 wsh 1 wz makin dis sht ^.