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  Texts and emails changing our language
Updated 05 August 2003, 07.47

The amount of text messages and emails you lot are sending to each other is changing the way the English language works.

So many people don't start their messages with hello or end them with goodbye that the words could disappear altogether.

Instead, words like hey (to start a message) and laters (to end them) could take their place, according to a new study.

It reckons that language is also becoming more global, with words like ciao from Italy and g'day from Australia becoming much more common in this country.

Words will die out

The report was paid for by the website msn.co.uk, and found out that mate is the term used most often when chatting to your friends.

Jonathon Green, a word expert who's written a dictionary of slang, did the study and said: "It wouldn't surprise me if, in 50 years, there was no longer a need for `hello' and `goodbye' in general or certainly in electronic communication."

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