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Breaking News: Frequent Texters Don't Like Big Words

If you text a lot, chances are you hate big words.

It's the conclusion of a recent study that finds university students who spend tons of time texting tend to be "less accepting" of words they don't use and don't recognize. You know, big words that one might find in a newspaper, in a magazine article or on someone's random, weird blog. Conversely, the less one texts, the more likely one is to actually like strange and new words! Could someone please pull up Webster's online dictionary for the texter's version?*

But wait: Aren't texters supposed to be full of literary originality? LOL. According to
The findings came as something of a surprise as language originality and creativity seem to be a characteristic of text messaging.

"Our assumption about text messaging is that it encourages unconstrained language. But the study found this to be a myth," said [graduate student researcher Joan] Lee.

"The people who accepted more words did so because they were better able to interpret the meaning of the word, or tolerate the word, even if they didn’t recognize the word. Students who reported texting more rejected more words instead of acknowledging them as possible words."

OMG, that can't be a real word because it's so long!

Now you don't need me to tell you the implications as more and more under-30 employees worm their way into the workforce. Management-speak is full of big words, like "synergy," "platform," "paradigm," "spreadsheet," "leverage" -- the list just keeps going. Go ahead and stretch your mouth to let those big, multi-syllable words come right out. Then watch your young employees' eyes glaze over in frustration.

Well, don't say you haven't been warned. Managers might want to dumb down their memos to words containing no more than four letters. Or maybe they can rely on rap lyrics?

*If U text U don't like big wurds b/c their hard 2 use & who uses them? Not kewl ppl LOL I hate dictunorys b/c who reeds books & who cares its 20 first centery hit me up bro I'm home.


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