causing English language
standards to slip
The Borneo Post - Saturday, 2 November, 2002
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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.
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.
instance, some students now spell the word "before" as
"b4", "night" as "nite" and "with"
as "wif '.
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."
Montford Secondary School's principal Simen Lourds said it was natural for
students to use SMS as it was the "in-thing."