Breaking the rules: a Cinderella story

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What’s true for me today is …

I’m breaking my own rules (and I like it!).

I have been known to warn my writing students against falling in love with their own words, specifically that all-too-powerful turn of phrase that seems to pop out of nowhere. Why? It’s not Mean Teacher On the Loose behavior; it’s because our words we fall in love with are often the same words the reader finds really distracting. Not fair but true.

So, now you understand why breaking my own rule is a bit unbelievable and ticklish, too.

I can’t help it. I love my new article “Text Abbreviations: An ‘IDTS’ in the Classroom” (and the “somewhat revisionist” telling of the well-loved Cinderella tale it includes). Here’s the link (it’s on page 4 of the college newsletter): http://www.achs.edu/newsletter.aspx?id=7

Once you read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are text abbreviations OK to include in our writing? Personally, not loving. You?

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  1. I completely agree with the NO “text speak” in the written form (cell phones not included). Maybe I am just too old, but I find it ridiculous, frustrating and immature. When I need to use an acronym, I am charged with explaining what it means immediately following the first use. But it would be very cumbersome, and defeat the purpose after text speak. I like the written word, well, at least ones that I understand!

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