Smiley face emoticonYesterday we released our course ENGL001: English Composition I on our iTunes U channel. In the spirit of Good Writing, we present the infographic below, courtesy of Now, we expect some controversy here…is texting destroying the communication skills of the younger generation, embiggening them, or just adding to the rich bounty of the language?

Before you decide, you should know that the history of the much-maligned emoticon is older than you probably expect…and the smiley face has a few backers, like some guy named Nabokov.


Does Texting Hurt Your Grammar?

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Emoticon image public domain, via Wikimedia.