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Text-Message Shorthand Invades Schoolwork

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Teenagers today are just as likely to be writing on their phones as talking on them. They're texting, blogging, instant messaging — forms of communication that really have their own language. Think shorthand like LOL. A new study says that shorthand is also making its way into teens' schoolwork. Two-thirds of them say they've used acronyms and sideways smileys in formal school assignments. Their teachers are not laughing out loud or otherwise.

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