Language is not static; it is always changing and evolving to suit our needs.

Often, these changes are first introduced in casual contexts. The Internet, for example, has played a significant role in the evolution of language in the past decade (think of new words such as the verb "to google" and new grammatical constructs such as "because science"). Texting, too, has contributed to this rapid evolution, as short forms have become commonly accepted substitutes for full words (e.g., LOL, u 2, OMG).

As communication continues to change, it can be easy to carry our new habits into our formal writing. Unfortunately, these terms are viewed as unprofessional and can distract from the point you are trying to make.

So, even though a happy-face emoji could perfectly sum up your thoughts about an article you are reviewing, it must be left out. We know: ☹. Here are some other ways to ensure your essay is text-talk free.

Scribendi.com's infographic about making sure your essay editing includes eliminating text-talk.

We hope you found this infographic helpful. If you want to ensure that your writing is completely free of text-talk and grammar errors, check out Scribendi's editing and proofreading services.

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