Texting Isn’t Writing, It’s Fingered Speech

Texting isn’t written language. It much more closely resembles the kind of language we’ve had for so many more years: spoken language.- John McWhorter, Columbia University linguistics professor

Texting is speaking with our fingers. This rapid communication has led to abbreviated expressions such as “Lol” and emoticons like “;).”

They say to write as we speak but texting has made this advice more complicated. You can’t hand in a paper written in text language.

“Fingered speech” is a third communication medium, a symbiosis of writing and speech.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.