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india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 01:42 IST

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Lnguge is a 2l humn bings hve carid 2 cnvey their thots in da most cmprhnsble manr psble. Da written txt, wit wrds spelt in a certain way & its elaborate rules of grmmr, is derived frm da phonetic sounds of da lnguge in qustion. In Englsh, while these hve got institutionalised over the years, evry now & then, 1 witnesses n @tempt 2 wrk around da rules. Bt this time, it is da Brtsh education system dat has raised da hackles of da oh-so-propah Englsh users. It has allwed stdnts 2 use txt-msg shrtcuts in their exam answr sheets. Is ths healthy?

Experimentashns with Englsh is a sign dat the lnguge is grwng, not just in da number of ppl using it, but also in its vocablry. Even the OED has aknwlgd ths fact by regulrly updatng da omnibs wth Hnglsh wrds. Thn thre r da SMS novls, wich n increasng numbr of mble savy yngstrs r nvgatng their way thru. Fr the SMS greenhrns, thre r mre than 1 online dikshnuris to hlp thm get the hang of dis mdern & dvlopng usge of da Englsh lnguge.

So, r thse all sines tht da Englsh lnguge may nvr be da same again? Tht Spllng Bs r bcomng irrlvant? If its tru & u hve mnagd 2 read thru ths edtorial wthout gttng tung-tied, dn’t wrry, u r mre thn equipd fr da futr. Da mre importnt qustn fr da prsnt is, wil ths edtorial pas da spll-chk?