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Kelsey McLennon has lived in Wauwatosa with her two siblings and parents for her entire life. When not busy with school, she enjoys dancing, running, and spending time with friends. She is a sophomore at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, where she is involved in track, cross country, Latin club, and Irish club.

Teenage Texting

communication, texting

OMG how r u? im rly gr8.

Not exactly.

Many people from parents to reporters believe that all kids text like this. Well, I would like to say that rarely anyone that I know does, and almost no one texts in “texting lingo” to the extent that is advertised by the media.

I for one like to use punctuation and spell out my words so that my texts are legible.

For me the most annoying thing is when there is a story about texting or something that has to do with teenagers and the reporters think that they are incredibly clever for putting OMG somewhere in the title along with some other texting lingo that takes about a half an hour by itself to decipher without even reading the rest of the story. I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever sent a text that includes OMG.

I’ve seen books at stores in the past that are about teenager’s texting lingo or books that say they are a code to decipher it or something like that. The funny thing is that these are all written by adults and I’m sure that they make up a few of them themselves because some of their “popular teenage lingo” is nothing that I have ever heard before.

But, I won’t deny it, there are always those few teens that do text in a completely unintelligible way.  The worst thing for me is when I see that someone has written ne1. It means anyone. But I’ve seen that only two or three times. Thank goodness.

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