The first study, published in 2008, showed that 11 and 12-year-olds in Britain who used more textisms — whether misspelled words (“ppl,” instead of “people”), grammatically incorrect substitutions (“2” for “to” or “too”), wrong verb forms (“he do” instead of “he does”), or missing punctuation — compared to properly written words tended to have slightly better scores on standardized grammar and writing tests and had better spelling, after controlling for test scores in other subjects and other factors. A 2009 study, conducted by some of the same researchers on 88 kids between 10 and 12 years old, found similar associations between high textism use and slightly better reading ability.
Hovertext from the xkcd comic: I’d like to find a corpus of writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)—and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I’d bet on the generation that conducts the bulk of their social lives via the written word over the generation that occasionally wrote book reports and letters to grandma once a year, any day.
zeus….. IS the father
*hera throws chair and has to be restrained by security titans*
That’s it. That’s Greek mythology.
Favourite Monty Python Sketches/Scenes in no particular order [1/?]
Series 1 episode 2 Sex and Violence
"Aye, ‘ampstead wasn’t good enough for you, was it? … you had to go poncing off to Barnsley, you and yer coal-mining friends."
That feel when you have awesome attractive friends who are all like: “LETS HAVE LOTS OF KINKY SEX :D”
And then I gotta be like: “Sorry, I have rehearsal :C”
But honestly, if I’m at a point in my life where the reason I have to turn down bondage and threesomes is that I have to go swordfight that night, life is pretty awesome.
Even better when you finally get a night off and you get to have that threesome…
I said, look behind you.
Ahh I haven’t seen the second one yet! Gotta play again