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YWP: ‘English Slang-uage’

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Adelle M. Brunstad, 16, of Enosburgh Falls writes about her frustration with fellow teenagers’ use of slang.

English Slang-uage

By Adelle M. Brunstad

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Words are meant to express, to impress, to convey,
to describe how we feel and respond in our own way,
but now most teens settle for “idk.”

“Idk”? You won’t even spell out “I don’t’ know”?
The English language has stooped to an all-time low.

Instead of “How are you?” or “What’s going on?” they type “wyd.”
How much more lazy and careless can they possibly be?

They could at least use their own voice & mind to send something different;
instead of meaningless gibberish they could say something significant.

Every message, every sentence contains at least one bad word,
and they text so cryptically their true intentions are blurred.

Have THOUGHTful talks, listen to each other speak.
Sure, their “selfie game is strong,” but their conversations are weak.

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