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Media: AP: Messaging language

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: There's a feature from AP (Feb 13, 2003) entitled "Linguists Are Mixed
About Text Messages", by Melissa Trujillo. It begins:

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The text messages on Margarete Stettner's cell phone
are filled with shortcuts - "G2G" for "got to go" and "LOL" instead of
"laugh out loud." The 13-year-old sometimes even slips into text-messaging
lingo in her homework.

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Karen Steffen Chung

Issue Number: 14.450
Date Posted: February 14, 2003

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