Teen follies

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Thu Dec 14 19:50:52 UTC 2006

Don't forget to share the award with NPR.

At 12:35 PM 12/14/2006, you wrote:
>On Dec 14, 2006, at 6:54 AM, Jon Lighter wrote:
>>BBC sez: "Teenagers use just 20 words for a third of their speech,
>>according to a new study by Lancaster University."
>>   They're British teens. No telling about ours.
>>   Two of the words may be "porn" and "dekeck."
>>   Don't take my word for it; take the quiz instead:
>>   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6179573.stm
>the crack staff at Language Log Plaza is at work on tracking down the
>source of the story.  BBC News will apparently believe anything (and
>will cheerfully re-work stories so as to make them more exciting and
>entertaining -- think cow dialects, for example).  we're thinking of
>giving them some kind of award for their reporting on language issues.
>so stay tuned.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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