Wednesday, December 28, 2011

how r u?

Our daughter Rachel got an Ipod for her birthday from Grandma and Grandpa.  Now she texts with her Daddy-- all the time.  I think it would be safe to say-- she now has a new favorite pastime. :)  What I am afraid of is how it will hinder her writing and spelling.* How r u?  I don't know about you-- but that bugs me!  Oh well, I guess I just have to get over it! 

Today was a good day for doctor appointments.  I prepared to spend 3 plus hours at the neurosurgeons office today (like last time) but we were out in a half hour.  Alex had his stitches removed and has the okay from the doctor to resume all normal activity! Later I took Dennis to the occularist.  The previous eye mold was a great fit, so he went ahead and painted the eye.  Now he will make the actual prosthetic eye that Dennis will wear by taking the previous eye mold and pouring a new one with the painted blue eye inside it to give it depth instead of just being painted on like his current prosthetic eye.  That means one more appointment next week-- but then we should be done.  I can't wait to see it!

*R U reading this Rachel?  :)

15 comments:

  1. Text/Chat speak really irritates me. When my kids text me without proper spelling I simply write back that I don't speak the language they are trying to use. Usually they are pretty good about separating the two.

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  2. Writing and reading is very important! Computers are making us stupid! I know, I love my computer, but i read books every day and I have my special pen and my special notebooks to write. And I write every day. It is important to write things down. Your brain works diferent.

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  3. U R sew Funny! :P
    We have had to dive into the text thing with our cell phones for our older kids. They all text and my daughter in law came over to give me text lessons. LOL

    It is so strange that in the tech world we live in, we have gone back to telegraph messages. stop. :)

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  4. Grandma got my daughter an itouch too...and, like Rachel, she's been emailing like mad! (her email is set up to allow ONLY messages from 6 preauthorized address - parents, grandparents, brother, and aunt/uncle) We have been responding to her messages with "spelling practice" words. If she misspells a word in her message she writes it and studies it until she can spell it correctly. :)

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  5. I'm actually ok with text speak when it is used in text messages. Especially when I know the sender has an older phone that is a pain to type on. BUT. It doesn't belong anywhere else! (and spelling things out is still preferred.)

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  6. Language evolves. If the men and women who spoke "old english" could hear what we call proper grammar now they would roll over in their graves. Language is always evolving and this new text speak, while annoying, is just a new evolution.

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  7. Oh my... texting language. It aggravates me to no end. All my careful teaching, going to waste...

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  8. How R U 2day? I 2 get vry frustr8ted rding txt mesgs. :( Do u no how hard this was 2 rght?
    So annoying! I bet Im even off on some of my text speech. Another one that really gets me is ALOT. It is 2 words. A lot. My family hears that one from me a lot. :)
    Catherine

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  9. You will be texting using text language ! Get with the times Mom I did :-)

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  10. I love you mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    from Rachel

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  11. I don't think it is a big deal as long as it does not cross over into their formal writing. I used to work as a dispatcher and used all sorts of abbreviations. I never mixed up the two.

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  12. My oldest son - now 18 - has had his writing skills improve, as well as his spelling, after texting came into his life. You never know. As it gets easier to them, they will improve their style. I am improving myself, as I text more. Which is about 1/20th of what my teens text.

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  13. I just recently began texting-- being 40+ yrs old, I am obviously behind on the times --and when my 16 year daughter writes me, I cannot decipher it at all.

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  14. Research seems to show that it actually adds to young peoples linguistic abilities, rather than detracting. It's just another form of language - like we all speak differently on the phone or at an interview to how we'd chat with family over dinner, and we write in a different style when it's a formal application letter or a note to a loved one. Text speak is actually incredibly creative, and as a genre of communication just as rich as any other. Personally, it annoys me too, and I don't like it. That said, the idea that it's bad in and of itself or reduces abilities elsewhere is plainly wrong.

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