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Jejemon Fever In The Philippines

Crissy Taruc By Crissy Taruc on
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What is Jejemon? As defined by Urban Dictionary, Jejemons are those who have managed to subvert the English language to the point of incomprehensibility. It is some kind of a new breed of people with their own language and written text. Hmmmm! Sounds bad indeed. Frankly speaking I was not aware of this "jejemon" not until I saw it on the news on TV. Well I guess I need to give an example of this "jejemon" language.

ENGLISH: I would like to know more about you, care to tell me your name? Hehehehe!

JEJEMON: i wuD LLyK tO knOw moR3 bOut u. crE 2 t3ll mE yur N@me? jejejejeje!

Oh! The text really looks terrible. We are all accustomed to short messaging service or SMS (ex. "q" means "me") but limitations on characters paved the way for the birth of SMS language. But I think SMS language is far better to use than the jejemon way.

I do understand the issue of DepEd here because kids and teenagers consistently misspell words. How much more of a problem will it be if there are different languages that will evolve and create confusion between groups? Understanding and correct spelling of words play an important part in the education system. Kids and youth must not be allowed of use of things that will confuse them.

The obligation of practicing what is right not only lies on DepEd and the schools but moreover to the parents. Let us not let our kids waste their time doing things that work to their disadvantage. Let us encourage them to do what is right and what is fruitful for them.

The start of school year 2010-2011 is nearing. Teachers and school administrations are all busy preparing the school and lesson plan for a brand new school year. While parents busy dealing with all the related expenses in the coming school year including tuition fees, bags, shoes, school materials, etc. Aside from those issues, the big issue being fired up by the Department of Education or DepEd is the elimination of "jejemon" mentality as school year starts.