Hey guys. As texting and IM replaces writing traditional letters ppl keep making up new ways to type faster: better interfaces, ergonomic keyboards and, most significantly, shortening commonly-used words. 'Because' becomes 'cuz', 'before' is now 'b4' and vowels are missing from scores of short words like 'the' and 'than'. There are also some new words like 'pwn' and 'noob' that are often classified as "unwords". This collection of new and modified words, sometimes called "netspeak", is almost indisputably a new dialect of English. It has become discernible from "normal" English just in the last five or ten years or so. Please don't make fun of me if I'm the last person on Earth to realize this :haha:. I just wanted to post this so I could refer to it in an email I'm going to write to my school board, saying the current English curriculum is getting old. EDIT: I sent my message to the school board and it was forwarded to "the Superintendent of Teaching and Learning". I hope he replies soon, my last message took four days to be forwarded and a month to be replied to.