British teens only use 20 words to speak

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British teens only use 20 words to speak

Teens only use 20 of the most common words when they speak. Rly? Yeh Rly! No way! Like man, wow...

TEENAGERS use just 20 words for a third of everything they say, research reveals.

Among the words they spout most are "yeah, no" and "like", which could come straight out of the mouth of dysfunctional adolescent Vicky Pollard from TV's Little Britain.

Researchers discovered teens use only 12,682 words in everyday speech compared with 21,391 uttered by 25-34 year-olds.

Gadgets like MP3 players and games consoles were blamed for eroding their grasp of vocabulary to an all time low. Experts fear the condition, dubbed Technology Isolation Syndrome, will cause problems at work for inarticulate adolescents who grunt to communicate rather than speak properly.

Head of linguistics at Lancaster University, professor Tony McEnery, who led the study for Tesco, said: "Employers are already complaining that first jobbers are lacking basic verbal communication skills and it seems things could be set to get worse.

"Kids need to get talking and develop vocabulary."

TOP 20 WORDS: You, I, The, And, It, A, To, Yeah, That, What, No, In, Know, He, Of, It's, Oh, Is, Like, On.

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By netchicken: posted on 17-9-2007








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