Sign of the times – Essay Mess Lingo

British schoolteachers are having a rather hard time grading essays with sentences such as

“i noe u dnt noee mii,i donno huu u r” (I know you do not know me, I do not know who you are) and “ma m8s wnt ova” (my mates went over)

And you have to sympathize when

More than half of staff failed to recognise that “phat” meant “great”, almost 50 per cent did not understand that “klingon” was used for a younger brother or sister and a quarter did not know “vanilla checks” was slang for “boring clothes”.

(by the way, I think those percentages are encouragingly high.)

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