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Tech Bit #8 – Netspeak

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Language is changing rapidly, influenced by digital communication. “Netspeak,” or the usage of acronyms and other truncated words stemming from quick messages, is appearing in more formal discourse championed by students who do not differentiate between sending a text message to a friend and sending an e-mail to a professor.

Inappropriate or not, instructors must be able to understand Netspeak to communicate with some students. A list of many common and uncommon acronyms can be found here: As a general warning regarding any collection of online culture, the page may be outdated before too long.

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