Texting Language

Texting Language

The lingo teens use to text is showing up in formal writing.
Trillions of text messages are sent around the world each year.

Students say they almost speak two different languages English and then, the lingo they use to Facebook message, tweet, snapchat and especially text.

A Pew Research Poll says on average a teen sends 60 text messages in 24 hours.

"Maybe like a thousand something" said Brookville Freshman Morgan Thrush.

"Oooh, maybe over a thousand" said Brookville Freshman, Lindzey Oaks.

"Quite a few probably. I would have to say anywhere from 50 - 75 texts" said Brookville Freshman Laken Hergert. She adds, “I abbreviate things really short and get the point out".

The students say due to advances in technology, like having a full keyboard and auto-correct, they do not use terms like brb for be right back or nvm for never mind, but they do tend to use "r" for are and "u" for you.

“I think that plays a big factor in the way you text and the way you write is a lot different. You have to make sure you write the words out and use proper punctuation” said Hergert.

When it comes to the papers, students are turning in, teachers say they are seeing "texting Lingo".

"We get lower case Is, we get the letter "u" instead of the word you and we get thx for thanks" said Donna Snyder.

Snyder is a librarian and English teacher at Brookville Area High School. She says this has been a trend for about five years. In Brockway, they say they are are seeing the same thing.

"I know from my friends they have a really rough time with it; especially because they have their cell phone right next to them" said Brockway student Cole Grecco.

"There are some student that it’s 100% looking like a text message than it is a paper" said Brockway English and Technology teacher, Ryan Devlin

"I’ve had a couple of students/girls named Kate and they insist that it's "K" with an 8 after it; little things like that, putting in the letter "u" rather than the word you. They put an n" said Social Studies and History Teacher, Rachel Chamberlain.

Some people say, these grammatical errors are the English language evolving.

“I’m very old school. I think that there are different types of languages, for situations, and we need to use more formal language in formal situations" adds Snyder.

"In the 21st century, with all of the technology, a lot of people are saying well... really you don't have to learn how to write that much because everything technologically is done for us" said Chamberlain.

The same technology is changing school projects.


“Communication skills are essential and before it was a lot of writing based communication and now when we look at the evolution of social media and the video there’s so many ways to get your message across" said Devlin.


"In my personal life, I say there really isn’t that great of a need for our students to have to write, other than for the college paper or one or two things that they're going to have to do" said Chamberlain.

She adds though it may not seem important to write properly in our personal lives, as long as it is expected in the professional world, it needs to be a priority.

At this point, texting language is not generally accepted. Teachers say they are designing projects to keep up with times.

“Even with the talk to text, I am seeing students who don't know how to spell a word, they can say it and it spells it for them" said Devlin.

"Sometimes we design project to utilize that language like if we're reading book we will have them create text between characters, but for formal work we expect formal writing" said Snyder.


To eliminate switching, back and forth, some students say they will just use proper grammar when texting.


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