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British cell phone firm Dot mobile is kicking off the New Year by providing students with text-message versions of great literary works, the AP reports. And the company even got a University College London English professor to consult on the initiative. Says Professor John Sutherland, "The educational opportunities it offers are immense." Right. Here are some samples from the text-message texts.

John Milton's Paradise Lost: "devl kikd outa hevn coz jelus of jesus&strts war." ("The devil is kicked out of heaven because he is jealous of Jesus and starts a war.")

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: "wher4 Rt thou Romeo?"

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Ewe: "MadwyfSetsFyr2Haus." ("Mad wife sets fire to house.")

Shakespeare's Hamlet: "2b? Nt2b? ???"

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Title Annotation:Dot Mobile celebrates new year
Publication:Curriculum Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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