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Twitter users make more than twice as many spelling mistakes as those on Facebook, study finds

LONDON - Twitter users make more than twice as many spelling mistakes as those on Facebook, new research has revealed - with apostrophes the most common source of errors. Britons’ well-documented struggles with their own language appear to be particularly acute when they post on the microblogging service, a study by social media monitoring service Brandwatch has found. One in every 150 English words posted on Twitter is spelt incorrectly, with missing apostrophes the most common grammar crime, the Daily Telegraph reported. Apostrophes, or a lack thereof, were followed by the use of acronyms such as LOL (laugh out loud) and YOLO (you only live once) as the most frequent examples of misuse in English. Twitter’s strict 140-character limit for posts is undoubtedly the cause of much mangled language, a constraint that forces users to innovate by cutting linguistic corners. Bran...

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