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sexting  n.— «The teen engages in “sexting,” a term for a kind of text messaging that often involves sending erotic, nude pictures. Young says, “I don’t pose nude, but I do send pictures and get pictures and my brother he...

Texting Improves Literacy

OMG, text messaging! It’s destroying the English language, corrupting young minds, turning us into illiterates. It’s probably shrinking the ozone layer, too. Or is it? In his new book, Txting: The Gr8 Db8, David Crystal offers a...

Texting Etiquette

The real problem with texting isn’t how it affects language, but what it does to social interaction. Is there anything more annoying when you’re trying to have a conversation than watching your companion’s eyes flitting to his...

Text-Messaging Research

When it comes to text messaging and its effect on English, the linguistic apocalypse is not nigh. Quite the contrary, in fact. Grant talks about some eye-opening research about text-messaging and teen literacy. This is part of a complete episode.

Book is the New Cool

A caller from Indiana wonders if the T9 text-messaging function has led to the term book being a new term for “cool.” This is part of a complete episode.

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