“Cellular language” — global society’s latest “communicable disease” — has sparked a debate over the frequent use of un-pristine English, affecting scholastic advancement. Thanks to the world’s many intrepid journalists and novelists, English, as spoken, written and printed, has been rescued from a lazy, texting youth (and adults). If brevity is the soul of wit, the converse is also true — shortened messages are the death-knell of prose.

A.R. Modak,

Johannesburg

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