This reminds me of the time I was on a ski mountain and this kid, must of been 9 or 10, asks me what time it was. We're standing right next to the lodge, with this big giant clock on it. I point to it, and say, "Dude, there's a clock right there...". He goes, "I can't read those types of clocks...". It was an analog clock.

I tell him what time it was, he takes off, and I'm left there in shock...

British Girl Baffles Teacher with SMS Essay
Sun Mar 2, 9:14 PM ET Add Technology - Reuters Internet Report to My Yahoo!

LONDON (Reuters) - An English essay written by a British teenager in text messaging short-hand has reignited concern among teachers that literacy standards are under threat.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday that the 13-year-old's teacher could not decipher what the youngster had written.

"I could not believe what I was seeing. The page was riddled with hieroglyphics, many of which I simply could not translate," the teacher told the newspaper.

The teenager's essay which caused the problem began:

"My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 : kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."

In translation:

"My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York. It's a great place."

Judith Gillespie, of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, told the newspaper a decline in grammar and written English was partly linked to the text messaging craze.

"Pupils think orally and write phonetically," she said.


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