Skip to comments.The teens who can barely talk - they only have an 800 word vocabulary
Posted on 01/11/2010 7:00:37 PM PST by smokingfrog
Teenagers have been warned they are becoming unemployable because they use a vocabulary of just 800 words.
The limited linguistic range also consists of many made up words and 'teenspeak' which has developed through modern communication methods such as text messaging and social networking sites.
Today Jean Gross, who advises the Government on children's speech, said urgent action was required to prevent children failing to find jobs because they are unable to communicate.
Mrs Goss, who last week issued a stark warning over the effect of television on children's development said yesterday: 'Teenagers are spending more time communicating through electronic media and text messaging, which is short and brief.
'We need to help today's teenagers understand the difference between their textspeak and the formal language they need to succeed in life 800 words will not get you a job.'
The majority of teenagers should have developed a broad vocabulary of 40,000 words by the time they reach 16.
Linguists have found, however, that although they may understand thousands of words, many choose to limit themselves to a much smaller range in regular conversation and on a daily basis could use as few as 800 terms.
Mrs Gross said her concerns were increased by research by Tony McEnery, a professor of linguistics at Lancaster University who analysed 10 million words of transcribed speech and 100,000 words gathered from teenagers' blogs.
He found that the top 20 words used by teenagers, including 'yeah', 'no' and 'but', account for about a third of all words used.
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>’We need to help today’s teenagers understand the difference between their textspeak and the formal language they need to succeed in life 800 words will not get you a job.’
As long as you have a teleprompter, you only need 3: Hope and Change’.
Sad, but not shocking.
We have been obsessed with those damn phones and computers (only in the last couple years “texting” - I cringe at that “word”).
Why we allow children to regularly have these devices I do not know. I do not think my son should even be allowed to carry them around every day, much less “own” 1.
Ha, that is funny. The welfare state will take care of them.
“Am I bovvered?”
I’m all like totally whatever!
This isn’t new. Valley girl speak in the eighties cut girls’ vocabularies down to about 50 words. I think.
Prolly. OMG! SWL! SYS.
All these dumb kids will become adults, get on the welfare rolls and they’ll be a big future constituency for the Dems. And we’ll be supporting these losers. Not a problem for them. A big problem for the country.
Mo gubmint is de way fo sho.
I stopped in a local Pub the other day and a 20-something was there whose vocabulary seemed limited to using the f-word at least twice in each 'sentence.'
Maybe YOU will. I'm going to pay off the house and earn just enough money working at McDonald's to buy the few things I can't grow in my backyard.
Doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the latest fad of people who want to seem smart beginning every paragraph with, “So,”.
I heard one drop it in the middle of a word.
I don't know where it went. It disa-f***ing-peared!"
Teenagers talking and acting like dopes?? I don’t believe it!
It does not make the person sound smarter.
I’m, like in agreeance.
“Yeah, that is like, SO not OK, dude!”
Orwell nails it again, sixty years ago:
“Newspeak is a fictional language in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, it is described as being “the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year”....Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. This suits the totalitarian regime of the Party, whose aim is to make any alternative thinking”thoughtcrime”, or “crimethink” in the newest edition of Newspeakimpossible by removing any words or possible constructs which describe the ideas of freedom, rebellion and so on.”
Here you go (not for the easily offended): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt8_HybhM5Q
Don’t forget “let me be clear” and “make no mistake”.
I guess they would be .... screwed.
I finally had to relent on texting for my daughter. Her coach will only communicate with the girls via texting. We limit her to 300/month, which she thinks horrible.
The boy, has his texting blocked. He thought he was just unpopular until his sister broke the news.
My kids think I’m completely weird, which makes me think I am probably doing something right.
That was effin funny!
And the ever popular, Frankly!
it is what it is...
>Dont forget let me be clear and make no mistake.
LOL! That is true..
at the end of the day
"As I've said before..."
Funny, the words “I’m sorry”, “I was wrong” and “Thank you” don’t seem to be in that 800 word list.
I don’t get this study. Of course, teens are going to use their dumbed down vocabulary while communication with one another on blogs, etc. I was always an articulate kid, but I am sure that I used a lot of whatever words we kids were fond of when I was in high school, and I probably sounded like a dope most of the time.
So, what’s your point? /sarcasm LOL
Like, gag me with a spoon. You know.
Unaware of what year it was, Joe wandered the streets desperate for help. But the English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts. Joe was able to understand them, but when he spoke in an ordinary voice he sounded pompous and faggy to them.
And there was a time in this country, a long time ago, when reading wasn't just for fags and neither was writing. People wrote books and movies, movies that had stories so you cared whose ass it was and why it was farting, and I believe that time can come again!
F%%k, well f^^K you buddy. Take a f&&king leap of the f((king cliff, you f##ker. F@@k!
Something like that.
Right, kick ass. Well, don’t want to sound like a dick or nothin’, but, ah... it says on your chart that you’re f——d up. Ah, you talk like a fag, and your s—t’s all retarded. What I’d do, is just like... like... you know, like, you know what I mean, like...