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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand’s high school students will be able to use “text-speak” — the mobile phone text message language beloved of teenagers — in national exams this year, officials said.

Text-speak, a second language for thousands of teens, uses abbreviated words and phrases such as “txt” for “text”, “lol” for “laughing out loud” or “lots of love,” and “CU” for “see you.”

I don’t even know where to begin with how wrong that is. This is a huge step backward for the English Language. We might just as well go back to chiseling pictographs on stone. Except you can’t charge $.10 per message for such things. And that, I suppose, is the point.

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