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By Brianna Wray
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Tech Talk: Swype for your life


March 28, 2019

A column by Brianna Wray

Have you experienced a loss of linguistic dexterity lately?

They say we’re losing our language due to the dumbing down of conversation. Some of the blame can be pointed at text messages, particularly the ones fraught with an ever-expanding list of acronyms and emoticons, both pictorial and symbolic.

What does [imagine a string of emoticons] mean, as a sentence?

It’s hard to say.

Making sense of emoji is especially troubling because they aren’t universal. The emoji sent via iPhone isn’t necessarily received the same via Android, but words endure.

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