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  •  Simple, there is no 160 character limit here thus (0+ / 0-)

    using it makes your posts harder to read for no good reason.

    And the answer is it depends on which countries you went to.  The only thing that would cause them to refuse blood donation, as opposed to deferring (delaying) for a certain period after you get back, is concern about mad cow disease as there is no blood test to determine if someone will get it later and no way to tell if it can be passed through blood transfusions they are playing it safe.

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:02:37 PM PDT

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    •  Throw The Bums Out, Thanks for your response. (0+ / 0-)

      As I understand you, you are claiming that  "txtese" makes it harder for you to read.
      Would I be wrong to presume that what you find increases your difficulty in reading also increases difficulty for some other DK readers?

      To summarize:

      Some DKreaders
      , including you, find that
      some extra effort
      is needed on their part in order to read "txtese"

      To me, this smacks of what I choose to refer to as 'Elder Fartism" ( despite that I am of an age that encompasses that group)

      Hence, Give me what I ask for not what you wish to present!
      Well, if I were looking for anything other, in my writings, then to provide information...I might play along. However, I have no desires to make the front page of DK nor to receive any accolades. I simply wish to offer information that may not be otherwise available to DKers and possible might be to their interest.

      The following data is from studies involving children, admittedly, but I present it to you to show positive effects of "txtese" ing  in that age group.

      Might it just be possible that if the "elder Farts" group tried it that they conceivably  might get some benefit also???

      "Research to date has focused on adolescents

      and young
      adults
      who have already learned to read and write
      standard English to acceptable levels of achievement.
      As mobile phones are increasingly available to young
      children (and adults) who are still developing their written language skills it is increasingly important to recognise the links between texting and academic competence in
      general and standard written English in particular.

      Toward this end we report two initial studies into the
      question of whether school-age children show negative associations between use of mobile telephones to
      send text messages and their developing written
      language skillsthe
      children who when asked to write a text message, showed greater use of text abbreviations (‘textisms’) tended to have better performance on a measure of verbal reasoning ability, which is highly associated with Key Stage 2(KS2) and 3 English scores.
      In Study Two, children’s
      performance on writing measures was examined more
      specifically. Ten to eleven-year-old children were asked
      to complete another English to text message translation
      exercise. rmance on the
      translation exercise were found, and group-based
      comparisons based on the children’s writing
      Spelling proficiency was also assessed, and
      KS2 Writing scores were obtained. Positive correlations
      between spelling ability and performance scores
      also showed that good writing attainment was associated with greater use of textisms
      Ref: http://toddlizotte.com/...
      •  what does txt have to do wih m original post (0+ / 0-)

        great discussion but don' ou think It deserves It own thread instead of being buried here where people will only find It b accident

        "I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she (Christina Taylor-Greene) imagined it." President Obama

        by guavaboy on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:43:21 PM PDT

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