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  Girl writes essay in text message talk
Updated 03 March 2003, 08.04
Teachers reckon texting spoils English
A teenager's in trouble after writing her entire English essay in text messages.

The 13-year-old's teacher said she couldn't understand a word of what the girl had written.

Her essay started:

"My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :- kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."

Just in case you can't read all of it, it says:

"My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York. It's a great place."

Now some teachers are saying again that text messages are ruining kids' English and stopping them from writing properly.

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