5 Ways Texting Is Destroying Our English


Texting has had a long historical impact on students ability to write properly. 5 Ways Texting Is Ruining Changing English was written by Paul Jury in July of 2010 for The Huffington Post. To summarize what the article was about, is that texting and English have just entered a world together where some people think that texting is benefiting the new world English and others believe it is crippling students ability to think and write. Mr. Jury’s Main point of the entire article is really to discover if text messaging along with any other forms of digital communication is really changing English. Jury takes the argument into various contradictory ways, explaining how new words are already put into our new dictionary and also proving that their has been a long history with the disappearance of old english rules and test scores actually improving on the way to college.

(Use of Pathos,Ethos)

In his article, Jury first captures the readers attention by introducing his back ground and basically what he does for a living. Jury uses many different ways to really capture the readers attention. Throughout his Piece, Jury uses many strong sources that really build his credibility and appeal to ethos, to further build his argument. Jury in fact, uses this actually more than we think. He shows that he is a credible source and uses examples to prove what he is talking about and show his own credibility. Here Jury states, “My mother was an English teacher, and when I was first learning how to write school papers on our two-color Apple IIC” (2). Here he refers to his mother to prove that he is credible to the fact that his mother once was a teacher and this is what she taught him. Jury also uses a lot of Logos because he refers back to history and Logic behind his arguments.

“…but one could argue kids had that problem way before they ever got cell phones. And to those who argue that texting, while discouraging wordiness, also encourages simple sentences with limited vocabulary, I’d like to point to another type of writing that strictly limits the number and types of words people can use. It’s called poetry”(4).

He, Mr. Jury, uses Logos here to argue that kids already had the problem way before they even got cell phones. And now with cell phones students are actually writing more than they ever did, but now in poetic form. Paul uses countless Ethos/Logos examples to communicate his main point across the entire argument.


Jury’s argument first begins with informing the reader that he is a grader of the SAT/ACT college testings. He odes this to further engage the reader and make himself seem more credible. Jury later gives 5 examples on how texting is ruining changing English. Jury’s 5 arguments all have concrete detail and give evidence supporting every fact that he presents. He uses Ethos, Logos, and Pathos to connect the reader and keep one engaged. In the end of his argument he concludes it by actually disagreeing with his opening statement, showing that text messaging is entirely a separate language. “Good students today are effectively bilingual: they turn on the Textese when conversing with their friends, then turn it off when it’s time to write a paper. Students who can’t dance nimbly between the two fall behind, just as non-adaptive kids have always done” (6).

(Work Cited)

Jury, Paul. “5 Ways Texting Is Ruining Changing English.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2016

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