"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by Dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become."
- Steve Jobs

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Blondes vs Brunettes - hey what about Redheads?

I came across a very weighty blog today that was discussing who was cleverest - blondes or brunettes. Not even a MENTION of redheads, as far as she's concerned we don't exist (maybe she just couldn't SPELL it).

Here is her argument - prepare yourselves, it's highly technical:

"y does evry1 fink brunettes r cleverer den blondes??? im blonde, + im 1 of d cleverest in my group (not boastin) but i am, + outta d 5 or us im 1 of d 2 blondes, + d blondes r d cleverest!!!! (go blonde!!!) i mean sum of d worlds leadin women r blonde!! so y du brunettes hav dis reputation as being cleva??? my m8 (d ova blonde) is dyin her hair brunette but shes got lovely hair!!!! so why d brainy brunette rep??????????? blondes r ment 2 av more fun + brunettes r ment 2 b brainy, but relly us blondes r jzt as brainy as n.e1 else!! sum1?????? plz explain??? BLONDES RULE!!!!!"

I am very intrigued, and I'd like a teen who types like this to please leave a comment and tell me whether you actually write your schoolwork like this, or whether you just use this slang to type faster - like a kind of teen shorthand. It should be made a rule in schools that if you hand in your homework written like this, you are sent back to sit in a class with a bunch of 5 year olds who are all learning how to write their names.

Surely this person must have been taught to write and spell properly in her early years....did the advent of youngsters having mobile phones undo all that good work? Even with predictive text, that helps you spell everything properly, they use this horrid style of grammar. Does this mean that when she spawns kids (many, I'm guessing), will she be teaching THEM to write like this? Are schools going to go the easy route and allow this form of shorthand to be become legal? How the hell can this tide of abuse against the english language be stopped?

On her blog she seems to to enjoy and promote books, and even has a book list, which is great (apart from Animal Farm which she describes as "a horribl buk") - could she have a proper grasp of english and is just typing slang to be like her mates?? Or are these a new generation of books that are written in txt spk? Aargh, someone out there will do this one day, just to make money.......actually that's a point........*composes email to publishing house*.

PS I'm not leaving the Blog URL cos someone will probably go tell her what I've written and she'll come on here quoting Nietzsche and totally humiliating me.

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