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From the Ted Talk by John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

Unscramble the Blue Letters

What texting is, despite the fact that it involves the brute mechanics of something that we call writing, is fingered scpeeh. That's what texting is. Now we can write the way we talk. And it's a very interesting thing, but nevertheless easy to think that still it represents some sort of dcelnie. We see this general bagginess of the scrttruue, the lack of concern with rules and the way that we're used to lrnianeg on the blackboard, and so we think that something has gone wrong. It's a very natural sense.

Open Cloze

What texting is, despite the fact that it involves the brute mechanics of something that we call writing, is fingered ______. That's what texting is. Now we can write the way we talk. And it's a very interesting thing, but nevertheless easy to think that still it represents some sort of _______. We see this general bagginess of the _________, the lack of concern with rules and the way that we're used to ________ on the blackboard, and so we think that something has gone wrong. It's a very natural sense.

Solution

  1. learning
  2. decline
  3. speech
  4. structure

Original Text

What texting is, despite the fact that it involves the brute mechanics of something that we call writing, is fingered speech. That's what texting is. Now we can write the way we talk. And it's a very interesting thing, but nevertheless easy to think that still it represents some sort of decline. We see this general bagginess of the structure, the lack of concern with rules and the way that we're used to learning on the blackboard, and so we think that something has gone wrong. It's a very natural sense.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
young people 5
emergent complexity 2
casual speech 2
fingered speech 2
message board 2

Important Words

  1. bagginess
  2. blackboard
  3. brute
  4. call
  5. concern
  6. decline
  7. easy
  8. fact
  9. fingered
  10. general
  11. interesting
  12. involves
  13. lack
  14. learning
  15. mechanics
  16. natural
  17. represents
  18. rules
  19. sense
  20. sort
  21. speech
  22. structure
  23. talk
  24. texting
  25. write
  26. writing
  27. wrong