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Tears fell fast and furiously on the sheet of paper under her nose. 
Brushing them away, she peered anxiously at the bottom. The signature and  remarks were curt and biting. 

Lifting her head, she stared at the prim face, seated five rows away. Her tormentor looked back at her sedately for a few seconds.

She wished she knew then what she knew now.

She’d meant it as a harmless joke. One that had backfired!
How was she to know that the new teacher would be so strict when it came to the use of SMS-styled lingo in a Literary essay?

Word count:100


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Categories: Fiction

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Cathy Graham · May 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Loved it, Shailaja. I not sure what SMS style lingo is but it was clear the teacher didn't think it was funny. You really captured the emotion of that poor frazzled student and the coldness of the teacher.

Shanmuga Priya Raj Kumar · May 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Poor gal!! See, the effect is on me now 🙂 Can imagine your characters right away 🙂
priya raj –

Corinne Rodrigues · May 21, 2014 at 3:06 am

Oh dear! It kind of reminds me of the boy at the college I taught in who wrote the lyrics of Mustafa Mustafa for his Commerce exam! The lecturer actually laughed out loud at first. Sadly, the lecturer then succumbed to peer pressure and punished the lad! 🙂

Beloo Mehra · May 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

Poor girl indeed! She got a teacher like me! I keep telling my nieces and nephews to write proper grammatical English even in their SMS'es they send to me 🙂 Very well done, Shailja, I was so unprepared for the last bit 🙂 You kept the suspense hidden nicely.

Aparna · May 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

LOL my pet peeve!! And I hope teachers continue to be that way 😛

Debbie · May 21, 2014 at 5:23 am

I had to Google what SMS lingo was. (For those who don't know, it stands for “Short Message Service” and refers to internet slang and texting shorthand). That would have appalled me as a teacher too! I'm sure she learned her lesson. Nice twist at the end. ☺

Bhavya · May 21, 2014 at 5:26 am

How on earth did she expect an English teacher to appreciate that kind of language! That too on an answer paper!

tulika singh · May 21, 2014 at 5:42 am

Heh heh.. So your obsession with 'correct' English continues. Hurrah for the teacher, may her tribe increase.

Ananya Tales · May 21, 2014 at 5:57 am

hee hee enjoyed reading this one !

vishalbheeroo · May 21, 2014 at 6:45 am

Absolutely love this super creative one:)

Rajlakshmi · May 21, 2014 at 7:14 am

hahha ohh poor girl 🙂 I just loved the suspense you built up 😀

G Angela · May 21, 2014 at 7:36 am

Like the way you presented ! thanks for sharing !

Psych Babbler · May 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

ROFL….I was expecting something way more sinister! Loved how you penned it. And I agree…no text message lingo allowed! I hate them even in blog posts…

Soumya · May 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

Ouch! I hate it too when people use SMS lingo in mails and posts. Makes me wanna kill them. I am with the teacher on this one! 😛

Vidya Sury · May 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Imagine! I remember students in high school were reputed to write cricket commentary in their answer sheets!

Shilpa Garg · May 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Ooh! That's a lesson that she wouldn't forget, ever!! Am with the teacher… cant stand SMS lingo at all! 😀
That's a good one for the prompt, Shailaja 🙂

Kathy Combs · May 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Great story! Don't like SMS lingo either. In my opinion you should spell it all out!

Sreeja Praveen · May 22, 2014 at 9:10 am

dis 1 is soopah 😀 I luv d English teacher 😀

Hey just tried it here. Otherwise I don't use it 🙂 Lovely drabble 🙂

Swathi Shenoy · May 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm

i use dem all d tym 😛 am lil lazy wen it cums to typin in cel.. it has bcum a habit n i had a difficult tym avoiding those in exams last sem!!

sitara nair · May 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

that was a surprise…
even I keep telling my kids to do away with this SMS language,sadly it has become a way of communication · May 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

You built up the suspense in the first 3 lines, then took it in a totally different direction in the last 2 lines! Superb!!
I'm totally with the English teacher. People who use SMS lingo in other forms of communication because they think it's cute and cool. I think it's neither cute nor cool.

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