Two South Korean teenagers crowned world's fastest texters

Need for Speed, two South Korean teenagers have been crowned fastest texters in the world.

The team of 17-year-old Bae Yeong Ho and 18-year-old Ha Mok Min went thumb-to-thumb against competitors from a dozen countries to win the title in a competition yesterday in New York City.

The drill of the third annual LG Mobile World Cup was simple: Copying words and phrases in one's native language off a monitor correctly.

That meant with no typos or abbreviations - that is, no 'textspeak' - and as fast as possible with the required capitalization and punctuation.

Some words were intentionally misspelled to test alertness. The World Cup challenged nimble-fingered youths on both speed and accuracy. The winning team took home a $100,000 prize.

Second place and $20,000 went to the US contestants - 16-year-old Kate Moore of Des Moines, Iowa, who is the 2009 US National Texting -champion, and 14-year-old Morgan Dynda of Pooler, Georgia, the 2009 runner-up.

An Argentinian team came in third and the Brazilians took fourth. Britain did not participate in the competition.

Miss Moore of the American team averages 12,000 texts per month, entering up to 3.5 characters per second. The Koreans, however, were even faster.

With many languages at play, English was the texting language of the U.S. competitors and those from Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Other nations represented were Indonesia, Portugal, Russia, Mexico and Spain. Interpreters were hired for non-texting communication.

The 26 finalists who made it to the World Cup were chosen from more than 200,000 wannabes in a global text-off that began in May. Before they even got to New York, female texters had the advantage - hands down, Moore said.

Via - Daily Mail , Telegraph



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