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The teens who can barely talk - they only have an 800 word vocabulary
DailyMail ^ | 1-11-2010 | Luke Salkeld

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: catherinetate; language; literacy; teens
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1 posted on 01/11/2010 7:00:40 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

>’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’.


2 posted on 01/11/2010 7:04:38 PM PST by max americana
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To: smokingfrog

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.


3 posted on 01/11/2010 7:05:13 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: smokingfrog

Unemployable?

Ha, that is funny. The welfare state will take care of them.


4 posted on 01/11/2010 7:06:13 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: smokingfrog

“Am I bovvered?”


5 posted on 01/11/2010 7:06:13 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: smokingfrog

I’m all like totally whatever!


6 posted on 01/11/2010 7:06:54 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: smokingfrog

7 posted on 01/11/2010 7:07:08 PM PST by stormer
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To: max americana

This isn’t new. Valley girl speak in the eighties cut girls’ vocabularies down to about 50 words. I think.


8 posted on 01/11/2010 7:07:51 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: smokingfrog

Prolly. OMG! SWL! SYS.


9 posted on 01/11/2010 7:08:43 PM PST by magritte ("I will give this monkey for lunch to Mr Sata,")
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To: smokingfrog

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.


10 posted on 01/11/2010 7:09:14 PM PST by Signalman
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To: smokingfrog

Mo gubmint is de way fo sho.


11 posted on 01/11/2010 7:09:41 PM PST by matt1234
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To: max americana

Obama money

gimmie

racist

mine

more

govment check

teabagger


12 posted on 01/11/2010 7:12:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: smokingfrog
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.

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.'

13 posted on 01/11/2010 7:12:27 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Bobkk47
And we’ll be supporting these losers.

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.

15 posted on 01/11/2010 7:14:55 PM PST by nina0113
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To: smokingfrog

Doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the latest fad of people who want to seem smart beginning every paragraph with, “So,”.


16 posted on 01/11/2010 7:16:04 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Ditto
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.'

I heard one drop it in the middle of a word.

I don't know where it went. It disa-f***ing-peared!"

17 posted on 01/11/2010 7:16:04 PM PST by Publius
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To: smokingfrog

OMG!


18 posted on 01/11/2010 7:16:13 PM PST by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: smokingfrog

Teenagers talking and acting like dopes?? I don’t believe it!


19 posted on 01/11/2010 7:19:21 PM PST by Huck (The Constitution is an outrageous insult to the men who fought the Revolution." -Patrick Henry)
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To: smokingfrog

20 posted on 01/11/2010 7:20:13 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Doohickey

LOL

:P


21 posted on 01/11/2010 7:21:28 PM PST by ari-freedom (Global warming is the biggest scientific hoax since the Piltdown man.)
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To: smokingfrog

LOL!


22 posted on 01/11/2010 7:21:32 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: Ditto
I've heard a Scotsman demonstrate real prowess with the F-word. Variants of the word were employed as a noun (sentence object), verb, adverb, adjective and simple expletive. It's amazingly versatile. Some people would be speechless without it.
23 posted on 01/11/2010 7:21:50 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Publius

LOL


24 posted on 01/11/2010 7:22:42 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Glenn
Technical sales engineers are the absolute worst at starting a sentence with "so...."

It does not make the person sound smarter.

25 posted on 01/11/2010 7:22:54 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: cripplecreek

like......


26 posted on 01/11/2010 7:23:29 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: mamelukesabre
The male version was almost as bad: "Dude. You're just, like, so ... dude."
27 posted on 01/11/2010 7:24:03 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: La Lydia

I’m, like in agreeance.


28 posted on 01/11/2010 7:24:36 PM PST by steve8714 (To paraphrase St. Paul; Ain't no harm in havin' a little nip, but don't fall down, bust your lip.)
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To: Huck

“Yeah, that is like, SO not OK, dude!”


29 posted on 01/11/2010 7:24:39 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: smokingfrog

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 Newspeak—impossible by removing any words or possible constructs which describe the ideas of freedom, rebellion and so on.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspeak


30 posted on 01/11/2010 7:25:13 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Publius

Here you go (not for the easily offended): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt8_HybhM5Q


31 posted on 01/11/2010 7:25:20 PM PST by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: max americana

Don’t forget “let me be clear” and “make no mistake”.


32 posted on 01/11/2010 7:27:52 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Myrddin
Some people would be speechless without it.

I guess they would be .... screwed.

33 posted on 01/11/2010 7:28:12 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: smokingfrog
Heck, you only need a vocabulary of err...uhhh...eehh...ahhh and you can be a liberal president.


34 posted on 01/11/2010 7:29:01 PM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: smokingfrog

to read


35 posted on 01/11/2010 7:29:36 PM PST by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is in Iraq.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

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.


36 posted on 01/11/2010 7:32:33 PM PST by dangerdoc
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To: smokingfrog

37 posted on 01/11/2010 7:33:56 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Doohickey

That was effin funny!


38 posted on 01/11/2010 7:34:42 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: jiggyboy
Don’t forget “let me be clear” and “make no mistake”.

And the ever popular, Frankly!

39 posted on 01/11/2010 7:34:47 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: jiggyboy

it is what it is...


40 posted on 01/11/2010 7:35:08 PM PST by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: jiggyboy

>Don’t forget “let me be clear” and “make no mistake”.

LOL! That is true..


41 posted on 01/11/2010 7:36:07 PM PST by max americana
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To: jiggyboy

at the end of the day


42 posted on 01/11/2010 7:40:41 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: jiggyboy
Don’t forget “let me be clear” and “make no mistake”.

"As I've said before..."

43 posted on 01/11/2010 7:42:22 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: smokingfrog

Funny, the words “I’m sorry”, “I was wrong” and “Thank you” don’t seem to be in that 800 word list.


44 posted on 01/11/2010 7:44:28 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


45 posted on 01/11/2010 7:44:32 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Glenn

So, what’s your point? /sarcasm LOL


46 posted on 01/11/2010 7:46:02 PM PST by packrat35 (Democrat Healthcare is a 9-11 Attack on the Constitution)
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To: mamelukesabre

Like, gag me with a spoon. You know.


47 posted on 01/11/2010 7:46:39 PM PST by packrat35 (Democrat Healthcare is a 9-11 Attack on the Constitution)
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To: smokingfrog
Idiocracy

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 also...

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!

48 posted on 01/11/2010 7:48:39 PM PST by garbanzo (Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.)
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To: Myrddin

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.


49 posted on 01/11/2010 7:50:46 PM PST by packrat35 (Democrat Healthcare is a 9-11 Attack on the Constitution)
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To: garbanzo

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...


50 posted on 01/11/2010 7:51:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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