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Jenee Buchwalder Mrs. Leirssano Seminar Advanced English 1, 2 13 April 2010 The Effects of Media with Character Restrictions on the English Language Text messaging abbreviations tend to have a negative connotation to them, based on irritated English teachers who have witnessed various errors due to them. Nonetheless, there have always been people trying to “up the ante” by taking it a step further. Take IMO, for instance. These words have been transformed into IMHO, IMCO, IMHBCO, and IMNSHO (in my humble/considered/humble but considered/not so humble opinion, respectively) (Txtng 53). David Crystal indicates, “This is a form of language play... [the desire to] outdo what has been done before.” This type of minor changes of words are a prime example of the effects of text messaging media on the English language. Media with character restrictions have a large impact on the environment of the English language. They have changed the meaning of simple acronyms such as LOL, which the ordinary population employs in day-to-day communication without lending a thought as to where the phrase comes from or what its original meaning is. The effects of text messaging and other media with character restrictions on the English language illustrate change in many areas of verbal communication and literature, and even contribute towards a transformation in a general public attitude. Certain elements, such as acronyms, initialisms, incomplete sentence structure, or the omission of vowels, included in abbreviated messaging technologies (sometimes referred to as “textese”), have contributed to the English language, reflected in the literature and writing skills of the people who use these media. As a response to the skepticism as to whether text messaging is more detrimental or beneficial to the English language, one reviewer comments “f u cn rd ths thn wats th prblm?” (Crystal

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