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November 13, 2006

LOL: 'Text-speak' OK on NZ Exams

New Zealand's Qualifications Authority (NZQA) recently announced that high school students in the country will be able to use 'text-speak' on national exams this year. This short form writing method, popularized by wide-spread cell phone usage, will be allowed in sentences on exams as long as the answer, "clearly shows the required understanding", according to the NZQA. Examples of text-speak include LOL (laughing out loud), txt (text), and CU (see you).

Students are being encouraged to write using full English, however this new rule has some people wondering whether somehow the integrity of the language is being compromised.

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