(NOTE TO READERS: Out of sheer curiosity I used a website that allowed me to translate text from English to the language used by those who send and receive text messages. The second part of this article contains a copy of the entire text that was thus translated.)
"d Bill of rghtz: A Transcription
d Preamble 2 d Bill of rghtz
Congress of d United st8z
begun & held @ d ciT of New-York, on
wed. d 4th of March, 1 thou 7 hNdrd & 8T 9.
d Conventions of a # of d st8z, havN @ d tym of thR adoptin d Constitution, expressed a desire, n ordr 2 prevnt misconstruction o abuse of itz powRz, dat furthr declaratory & restrictive clauses shud b +D: & az extending d ground of public confidNc n d Government, wiL best ensure d beneficent ndz of itz institution.
RESOLVED by d Senate & hows of Representatives of d United st8z of America, n Congress assembled, two 3rdz of both howsz concurring, dat d foLowN RtikLz b proposed 2 d Legislatures of d sevrl st8z, az amendments 2 d Constitution of d United st8z, aL, o NE of whch RtikLz, wen ratified by 3 4thz of d sed Legislatures, 2 b valid 2 aL Ntentz & purposes, az pRt of d sed Constitution; viz.
RtikLS n aDitN 2, & Amendment of d Constitution of d United st8z of America, proposed by Congress, & ratified by d Legislatures of d sevrl st8z, pursuant 2 d 5th RtikL of d orignL Constitution.
nOt: d foLowN txt iz a transcription of d 1st 10 amendments 2 d Constitution n thR orignL form. dEz amendments wer ratified December 15, 1791, & form wot iz known az d "Bill of rghtz."
Congress shaL mAk n law rSpectN an establishment of religion, o prohibiting d frE xRciS thereof; o abridging d freedom of spEch, o of d preS; o d rght of d ppl peaceably 2 assemble, & 2 petition d Government 4 a redress of grievances.
A weL regulated Militia, bn neceSrE 2 d security of a frE st8, d rght of d ppl 2 kEp & bear Arms, shaL not b infringed.
n Soldier shaL, n tym of (-<-) b qwtrD n NE hows, w/o d consent of d onr, nor n tym of wR, bt n a maNR 2 b prescribed by law.
d rght of d ppl 2 b secure n thR prsnz, howsz, papRz, & fxz, agAnst unreasonable searches & seizures, shaL not b violated, & n Warrants shaL issU, bt upon probabL coz, suportD by Oath o affirmation, & prticulrlE describing d plAc 2 b srchD, & d prsnz o tngz 2 b seized.
n prsn shaL b held 2 Ans 4 a capital, o othRwIz infamous crime, unLS on a presentment o indictment of a grNd Jury, Xcpt n cases arising n d land o naval forces, o n d Militia, wen n actual srvic n tym of wR o public danger; nor shaL NE prsn b subjec 4 d sAm offence 2 b 2ice put n jeopardy of Lyf o limb; nor shaL b compelled n NE criminal case 2 b a witness agAnst himsLf, nor b deprived of Lyf, liberty, o propRt, w/o due process of law; nor shaL prv8 propRt b takN 4 public uz, w/o jst compensation.
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n aL criminal prosecutions, d accused shaL njoy d rght 2 a speedy & public trial, by an impartial jury of d st8 & district wherein d crime shaL hav Bin committed, whch district shaL hav Bin previously ascertained by law, & 2 b informed of d natuR & coz of d accusation; 2 b confronted w d witnesses agAnst him; 2 hav compulsory process 4 obtaining witnesses n Hs favor, & 2 hav d Assistance of Counsel 4 Hs defence.
n Suits @ comN law, whr d valU n controversy shaL exceed 20 dollars, d rght of trial by jury shaL b preservD, & n fact tried by a jury, shaL b othRwIz re-examined n NE Court of d United st8z, thN accordN 2 d RulZ of d comN law.
XSive bail shaL not b req'd, nor XSive fiNz imposed, nor cruel & unusual punishments inflicted.
d enumeration n d Constitution, of certan rghtz, shaL not b construed 2 deny o disparage othRz retained by d ppl.
d powRz not delegated 2 d United st8z by d Constitution, nor prohibited by it 2 d st8z, R reserved 2 d st8z respectively, o 2 d ppl."
(NOTE: The above text was generated using the "english to lingo" translation feature available at the following website: transL8it! (TM) (URL: http://www.transl8it.com/cgi-win/index.pl?convertPL).
"The Bill of Rights: A Transcription
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights."
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
(AUTHOR'S NOTE: The transcription of the "Bill of Rights," which has been copied and pasted into this article from the website of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is in the public domain and can be accessed at this URL. A printer friendly version of the same which was used to copy and paste the transcription, is available at this URL.
The author teaches learning technologies courses at a public, urban research university. The print-on-demand books that he has published include "Thoughteracy for All," and "A One Thousand Dollar Web Challenge!!!: Short Papers on the Use of Technology in Education."
Source: Ubiquity Volume 9, Issue 30 (July 29 - August 4, 2008)