Monday, October 19, 2009

Lecture 5: "Txt Spk" Article by Cassidy Munro

Original Article: "Schoenborn thought children's deaths would be 'easy and clean': MD", The Province. Oct 19, 2009

KMLOOPS, B.C. — B.C. man chrgd w mrdrng his 3 kids thought da klls wud b "easy & cln," a psych tld @ his trial Mon.
Allan Dwayne Schoenborn, 41, is chrgd w mrdrng Kaitlynne, 10, Max, 8, and Cordon, 5. He has plded not-glty to 3 cnts 1-dgr mrdr aft da Aprl 08 slghtr in da B.C. comm of Merritt.
His lwyr tld da Kamloops, B.C., crtrm tht da dfnc wll focus on Schoenborn's mntl hlth.
Psych Dr. Ron Chale tld B.C. Sprme Crt Justc Robert Powers tht he met w Schoenborn @ Kamloops hsptl 2 wks aft da kids wr fnd ded in da fam's trler whr thy wr spnding da night w thr dad.
Chale tstifyd Schoenborn said he klld his kids bc he believd they wr bing assaultd & he could nt prtect them.
He said he decded to kill them da morn of da slayngs, addng it was more diff than he thought it wud be. Chale said Schoenborn admttd he was trbld by da pics of da kllngs in his head.
"He said he wud leave da diff issue to b wrkd out btwn hmslf and God," he said. "He said he thought it wud be easy & cln.
"I tk that to mn thr was rsistnc and it wsn't as easy to kll a hmn being as he thought it wud b," Chale told the court.
Schoenborn was arrstd aft a 10-day manhnt in da B.C. wild.
The Crwn clsed its case on Mon aft mre than a w33k of evdnc.

Wow, I thought this would be much easier than it actually was. A large amount of "txt spk" abbreviations and special little characters are for commonly texted phrases. Things like "gr8" or "ttfn" are texted pretty often, things like "it wasn't easy to kill a human being" are not as common (I hope) so it's a lot harder to condense it into something fairly understandable. "Txt spk" can definetely get your point across, but it doesn't lend itself well to complex sentences or uncommon words. It's also a lot harder to understand in large chunks than standard English is. I don't think I'd even bother reading a whole article in it unless I was really interested, or it was required despite the fact that in the long run there's less to read.

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