Welcome to the APWH blog for Mr. O'Donnell's Rocklin High classes for the 2009-2010 school year.
What is required of students is to create at least ONE post this year and to make TWO comments on mine or another students posting.
These days, texting lingo has dramatically grown into a universal language. Whether you text or not, you can figure out that “I heard that 1 from U B4” means “I heard that one from you before.” This message looks like a typical text message from a teenager but actually, this type of abbreviated and acronym-filled language was used about 130 years by Victorian writers. In London, an exhibit displays an emblematic poem from 1867 that demonstrates the use of textspeak. Charles Carroll Bombaugh wrote the poem, entitling it Gleanings From the Harvest-Fields of Literature, and in it did it include verses as simple as “he says he love U2” or as complicated as “And 1st should NE NVU, B EZ, mind it not,” which translates to “And first should any envy you, be easy, mind it not.” According to David Crystal, author or Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 [“Texting: The Great Debate”], certain phrases have been around so long that the what seemed so foreign mobile language is not so alien after all. IOU [“I owe you”] has been around since 1618 and SWALK [“sealed with a loving kiss”] has been seen in the letters from World War II. So, next time your teacher calls you out for abbreviations or acronyms on your assignments, put the blame on the Victorian Era writers who started it all. TTFN.