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(Telegraph)   New study says teens today only use 800 different words (w/ pic of what an 800-word-using teen may look like)   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 224
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2010-01-11 12:13:08 AM  
Okay, this need to go insta-green!

If not for the picture alone, then its caption:

"Vicky Pollard's 'yeah', 'no' and 'but' are some of the words used by teenagers "
 
2010-01-11 12:16:01 AM  
win

As one who works with teenagers, I think 800 words is pretty optimistic.
 
2010-01-11 12:19:38 AM  
I for one relish this moment - as leverage for those jobs they'll come to steal in a few years!
 
2010-01-11 12:37:55 AM  
img132.imageshack.us

Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls!
 
2010-01-11 02:10:57 AM  
fta: experts simply did not understand the complexities of teen language

Yep, there's some real complex language going on there...

/cue the IDK, my BFF Jill? picture
 
2010-01-11 02:36:04 AM  
Isn't 800 words pretty optimistic for most users of the English language, not just teenagers, and weren't they blaming television and the fact that people don't read books the last time they brought out this article?
 
2010-01-11 02:41:53 AM  
gundamtsubasa: Isn't 800 words pretty optimistic for most users of the English language, not just teenagers, and weren't they blaming television and the fact that people don't read books the last time they brought out this article?

dont forgot aboot thhee spel chek thatz on everithinge nowe
 
2010-01-11 02:42:53 AM  
Like. What? Like. What RU sayN?. Like. IMsmart. RLY! HEY!111! My BFF iZ CUL LK DAT! S ZEZ M SMRT!

FAG1 URFAG!
 
2010-01-11 02:44:17 AM  
NOOBZ
 
2010-01-11 03:18:51 AM  
homeoftheblues: NOOBZ

Please come in for an interview.
We'll discuss your face in a book and "The Twitter."
 
2010-01-11 03:20:12 AM  
RannyGazoo: homeoftheblues: NOOBZ

Please come in for an interview.
We'll discuss your face in a book and "The Twitter."


What about the bligettyblogs and faceyspaceys?
 
2010-01-11 03:36:51 AM  
homeoftheblues: "Vicky Pollard's 'yeah', 'no' and 'but' are some of the words used by teenagers "

Yeah!

But... no. :-/
 
2010-01-11 03:58:09 AM  
Hm. Why does this make me think of duckspeak?

/google it if you don't know
 
2010-01-11 04:37:18 AM  
Meh. Adults are always decrying the ways of youth. I think they'll be just fine.
 
2010-01-11 06:28:33 AM  
It should be mandatory for everyone 21 and under to have to wear one of those foam-rubber padded helmets.
 
2010-01-11 06:35:15 AM  
Seriously, how big of a vocabulary does an Epsilon Minus need anyways? The cash registers at Mickey D's has pictures on it, for crying out loud. It's not like I want them to talk to me when I'm trying to harden my arteries.
 
2010-01-11 06:59:23 AM  
i.telegraph.co.uk

KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!
 
2010-01-11 07:05:25 AM  
"There is undoubtedly a culture among teenagers of deliberately stripping away excess verbiage in language," he said.

Doubleplusungood, comrades. Doubleplusungood.
 
2010-01-11 07:21:17 AM  
Yeah but no but yeah but no but...
 
2010-01-11 07:22:19 AM  
PeppaJack: KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!

That's a man, baby!

//no really, matt lucas.
 
#2 [TotalFark]
2010-01-11 07:45:50 AM  
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

- Ronald Reagan
 
2010-01-11 07:48:55 AM  
Her concern was raised, she said, by research conducted by Tony McEnery, a professor of linguistics at Lancaster University sponsored by Tesco, who examined 10m words of transcribed speech and 100,000 words from teenagers' blogs.

Let me guess, Tescos are launching a 'Books for schools' scheme or some other promotion to sucker parents into going to Tescos get kids to read/write?
 
2010-01-11 07:51:20 AM  
hmmmm, I was kind of hoping for a cute chick.

dammit.
 
2010-01-11 07:53:24 AM  
You all do know that picture is a character from the show "Little Britain" right?
 
2010-01-11 07:56:22 AM  
A generation of teenagers who communicate via the Internet and by text messages are risking unemployment because their daily vocabulary consists of just 800 words

Instead they can hire some wog who only knows 20 English words.
 
2010-01-11 07:57:50 AM  
Vicky Pollard = 800 "NO!"s
 
2010-01-11 07:58:37 AM  
#2: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

- Ronald Reagan


In anyone elses mouth, those words are plain truth. In his, it's a self fulfilling prophesy.
 
2010-01-11 08:00:19 AM  
emich27: You all do know that picture is a character from the show "Little Britain" right?

I thought it was Victoria Jackson.
And whats with these youngsters that describe everything as 'random'? Life is random.
 
2010-01-11 08:00:33 AM  
Context please: How many words did the average teen use in the 1950's thru the 1990's ?
 
2010-01-11 08:01:00 AM  
homeoftheblues: Okay, this need to go insta-green!

If not for the picture alone, then its caption:

"Vicky Pollard's 'yeah', 'no' and 'but' are some of the words used by teenagers "


I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one thrown off by that utterly bizarre caption.

Looks like Grimace had some work done.
 
2010-01-11 08:01:34 AM  
Who needs Big Brother when we seem to be moving ourselves toward Newspeak.

Freedom is time away from Twitter.
 
2010-01-11 08:03:22 AM  
www.pambanana.com
"Younger people know less words than older people"
 
2010-01-11 08:07:09 AM  
I never bothered with twitter when I was in High School.
 
2010-01-11 08:09:09 AM  
But no, yeah.

/I'll just leave this here.
//Now back to your regularly scheduled flamewar.
 
2010-01-11 08:09:38 AM  
PeppaJack: KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!

Vicky Pollard (new window)

and yes it's man the those unaware. A ghey one too!
 
2010-01-11 08:10:12 AM  
While that number may sound alarming, most everyday tasks can be adequately communicated with far less than 800 unique words (assuming all tenses, moods and forms of a word count as a single word). Low use words tend to be special use only, and unless people are reciting poetry or engaging in extemporaneous debate, what reason is there to use obscure words?
 
2010-01-11 08:11:27 AM  
Veeoh: and yes it's man the those unaware. A ghey one too!

If you are unaware of Little Britain, I highly recommend you watch a few episodes.
 
2010-01-11 08:11:57 AM  
I was totally chenzed by that spong article.
 
2010-01-11 08:12:08 AM  
Lane83: While that number may sound alarming, most everyday tasks can be adequately communicated with far less than 800 unique words (assuming all tenses, moods and forms of a word count as a single word). Low use words tend to be special use only, and unless people are reciting poetry or engaging in extemporaneous debate, what reason is there to use obscure words?

Like, totally.
 
2010-01-11 08:15:58 AM  
Lane83: While that number may sound alarming, most everyday tasks can be adequately communicated with far less than 800 unique words (assuming all tenses, moods and forms of a word count as a single word). Low use words tend to be special use only, and unless people are reciting poetry or engaging in extemporaneous debate, what reason is there to use obscure words?

I can see no reason, cause there are no reasons
/I don't like Mondays
 
2010-01-11 08:16:48 AM  
Awesome. You can be fluent in another language with just 800 words. I'm going to learn Dutch this weekend.
 
2010-01-11 08:17:17 AM  
what reason is there to use obscure words?

Well, for one thing, it keeps stupid people from understanding what they overhear.


In defense of teenagers, sort of, most adults are deeply, deeply lame and stupid, too.
 
2010-01-11 08:17:32 AM  
The Father Ted reference is perfect.
 
2010-01-11 08:19:01 AM  
I remember reading somewhere that the average person uses less than a thousand different words in a day. Honestly, how many words do you really need in a typical day?
 
2010-01-11 08:20:18 AM  
I didn't understand the link. What do these words mean?

commissioned
articulate (and inarticulate)
campaign
linguistics
consultant
anti-establishment
complexities
academics
examined
transcribed
accounted
prolific
electronic media (isnt that saying the same thng twice?)
 
2010-01-11 08:21:09 AM  
She plans to send children with video cameras into workplaces so they can see the range of words used by professionals and share what they have learned with classmates, and wants parents to limit the amount of children under two watch to half an hour a day, replacing it with conversation.

Limit those children under two watch?

/Me no speekee gibberish.
 
2010-01-11 08:22:27 AM  
Jonathan Hohensee: "Younger people know less words than older people"

If you'd read the article, you'd have noticed that teens know ~40,000 words, which is an average-sized vocabulary. They only use 800.

Words express ideas. So your "captain obvious" statement might more correctly read "Teens have fewer ideas than intelligent adults."

I'm sure lots of adults get by on 800 word working vocabularies. Fark IndependentsTM, for example.
 
2010-01-11 08:23:16 AM  
For the Farkers too lazy to read the article:

10. Chump
9. Chumpette
8. Yours
7. Up
6. Pimpmobile
5. Bite
4. My
3. Shiny
2. Daffodil
1. Ass

/Antiquing strangely absent
 
2010-01-11 08:25:13 AM  
I get by on about 30 words per day, most of which are filtered on Fark or would result in a shadow ban.
 
2010-01-11 08:25:17 AM  
Reagan's quote has never been parsable to me as anything but a non-sequitur, or a dull resonance from his days in industrial film. If he believes it, why is he in government?
Another thing that I am 404 on is why anyone would think this was clever or true. People were harmed by the TVA? How? People were harmed by the GI Bill? How? People were harmed by the CCC? How?

//That it passes for wit?
//doubleplus404.
 
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