SMS causing  English language standards to slip
The Borneo Post - Saturday, 2 November, 2002
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SINGAPORE: The standard of written English is getting sloppy among students in Singapore due to the overwhelming popularity of the Short Message Service, better known by its acronym SMS, the Straits Times said yesterday.

Eight out of 12 secondary schools told the island's leading English daily there was no cause for alarm yet, but said students were increasingly using SMS-style English in their class assignments.

For instance, some students now spell the word "before" as "b4", "night" as "nite" and "with" as "wif '.

Neo Tick Watt, a principal at Tampines Secondary School, said he was concerned efforts to promote the use of good English are "being undone by SMS."

But Montford Secondary School's principal Simen Lourds said it was natural for students to use SMS as it was the "in-thing."

Some educators said students resorted to using SMS language due to laziness, but sometimes they are unaware that it was wrong. - AFP