[ 2007-02-15 19:38 ]
prohibited from using hard-to-understand Internet
terms in their compositions during the national College Entrance
Examination in 2007, or face mark
That is the message delivered in the
"Outline for National College Entrance Examination in 2007" issued yesterday
across the country.
Internet terms refer to words and expressions that
were created by online web surfers based on dialects or similarities in
These expressions are rampant in daily use among
teenagers and even adults. The state media are flooded with stories that lash
out at abusive Internet terms.
A report on China web portal sina.com
said a composition written by a middle school student in central China was rife
with these intricate Internet terms, which are a fad among students, such as
'GG' (literally meaning elder brother), 'Ou' (I), 'Sauce Purple' (so) and 'KPM'
( a combo word of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and McDonalds).
Experts play down the use of
Internet terms among students, a group that is considered to lack judgment and
easily succumb to peer pressure.
Director of the Linguistic Department
at Huazhong Normal University in the central province of Hubei Wu Zhenguo said
students should be prudent while using Internet terms.
Committee director of
the China Association of Lexicography Zhou Mingjian said in a report from the
official Xinhua News Agency that Internet terms cannot be used as formal
expressions and students are discouraged from using them because once they are
accustomed to it, it will be hard to get rid of the habit.
Wu and Zhou will inevitably meet strong opposition from middle school students,
who account for 32.3 percent of China's 137 million Internet users.
Beijing No 25 Middle School student Li Menghui said Internet language is
simple and appealing. "Most students use these terms when they surf the Internet ."
"You will be laughed
at if you can't keep up with the fad," said Li.
However, Li is cautious
about when she uses the terms.
"I am afraid that my teacher cannot
understand them, so I will not use them in my composition," said Li.