Does computer shorthand bother anyone else?

@zuri25 (2128)
United States
October 26, 2006 1:05pm CST
It irks me when people type things like ur (your), b4 (before), eva (ever), etc.
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@ilse72 (1454)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I hate it so much that when I see a questiom or response using it, I just skip reading it...I don't even try. I hate trying to figure out what the person is trying to say. Who knows why...maybe it is the Virgo in me (perfectionism, you know) but the computer shorthand just rubs me the wrong way.
@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I'm a perfectionist too (although I am an Aquarian). I'm also a college writing center associate director. Being a stickler for proper English and someone who reads student writing on a daily basis, I'm especially irritated by people who use computer lingo instead of real words just because they think it's quicker. Maybe this is harsh, but I find myself losing respect for people who do this because it makes them seem less intelligent and lazy. Typos I can handle because they are mistakes (and even I'm guilty of that), but come on people don't insult your own intelligence!!
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@all_n_one (2005)
• United States
3 Nov 06
It makes them seem less intelligent to you maybe you just have high standards. Usually people who make comments like that think they are better then other people. I build programs and build websites i wouldn't look down upon other programmers who take the short way out. I am guessing you must not use a instant messenger program much. Would you prefer i type laughing out loud instead of lol? by the way instead of btw? People don't feel like typing all that out so that abbreviate it simple as that. To each there own though but this is the net not a college paper.
@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I probably do have high standards, but I don't think I am better than anyone else. I guess what I meant by "less intelligent" is that most people have the ability to use language the way it was intended and when I have to try to dicipher what someone who is supposed to be speaking in English is saying, it seems rediculous to me. Hell, it annoyed me when people started using "ain't" regularly and it ended up in the dictionary. Anyway, maybe I should be a little less hard on shorthanders because, like you said, this is the net and not a college paper.
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• United States
3 Nov 06
It drives me nuts, I hate it. Also "lite" instead of "light" and "nite" instead of "night." It's one letter, people, type it out!
@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Those used to bug me too, especially nite instead of night, but they are so prevalent that I got over it. Maybe I'll get over this computer lingo business too.
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• United States
3 Nov 06
Gosh I hope not. We shouldn't give in to the weakining of the language so easily.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
True, but there's not much I can do about it other than continue to use correct English on a personal level.
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• United States
3 Nov 06
It does not bother me in chat rooms b/c your typing so fast its easier to use the shorthand versions of some words
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I don't use chat rooms so I wouldnt know about that.
@Asylum (46834)
• Manchester, England
3 Nov 06
Yes it does bother me. This practice started to become prolific when the mobile phone text messaging craze began, and has now become so integrated with everyday life for some people that it is totally natural for them. The general standard of english here in the United Kingdom is poor enough to start with, but now people have an excuse not to bother even trying. My neoghbour uses this system and sometimes his text messages are so abbreviated that they become difficult to follow.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
To some extent changing the way we communicate is neccessary for the growth of society, but let's not go overboard here people.
@rachelynn (428)
• United States
3 Nov 06
It doesn't bother me as much as it use to. I don't personally use any type of computer shorthand, maybe an occasional lol. What really irks me is if I hear someone say 'lol' when they are speaking in a real life conversation.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Oh my gosh. I've never heard someone actually do that, but I know a few people who admit to having done it on accident. I just shake my head at them.
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@nake89 (557)
• Finland
3 Nov 06
Bothers me a lot. People prove their slow writing skills and stupidity when they use computer shorthand and I always feel that they should get less points on Mylot.
@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I wouldnt go that far, I'd just say they are somewhat lazy. Thanks for sharing though.
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@kody00 (30)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I can't stand it. What's so hard about writing out the whole word or pharse? And when people use it on text messaging it drives me nuts! Sometimes its harder to understand the message when they use the shorthand!
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I think it's harder to understand shorthand than it is to have to read a long fully written out post or message.
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@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Yes, it does bother me. Maybe its cool when you're 12, but not for adults.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I'm with you.
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@magikrose (5425)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Party child - this one is just plain fun.
iam ok with it if it is a long post or if I am chatting with someone. But for a short post I dont see the point in using computer shorthand.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
That sounds logical.
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@stru9559 (634)
• United States
3 Nov 06
it kind of bothered me on the computer until i started text messaging and realized how much time it saved when you were typing on your phone so now I guess I don't mind it so much on the computer anymore. I don't normally type like that though - i mean "tho." haha
@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I can understand it when people use shorthand to text message if they get charged per word. I've seen teenagers enter text amile a minute with their phones and I'm amazed.
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@rockbaby (808)
• Lebanon
3 Nov 06
nop it doesnt annoy me at all.. i mean ur and be4 is just to make it simpler.. for the person to type online.. thats all.. i mean its known abriviations.. but when the word begins with numbers and continues with numbers.. thats weird!.. i mean when there r known abriviations thats fine.. i use them all the time.. like : r, ur, cuz, be4, f9 thats wat the usual ones that i use.. but more than those.. i dont think i would get it... oh and when im chatting like brb, wb, im bk. (those r used by everyone if im in ahurry!!.. thats all.. but those who contin 5-6-9-1-0-.. i mean those types. i dont even know wat the word is..
@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I find typing the way I speak is just as simple. I think I would find it difficult to get used to typing shorthand or using numbers as well as letters to spell words.
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@all_n_one (2005)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I abbreviate allot of things just to type it out and be over. I think anybody that types everything out needs to take it easy and relax. Anybody who uses a IM use abbreviations or text message on a cellphone. Maybe I should have typed out instant messenger instead of IM above ...lol.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I have to admit that when I used AIM regularly I did type lol and brb and so forth. I still use lol, even here in mylot. Much of my adult life has been devoted to helping people learn how to write in a manner that will get them good grades, land them their dream job, or get them accepted into graduate school. It's hard to switch my "academic" brain off.
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@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I admit to using imo on a regular basis, but other than that I really don't like the shorthand. I also skip questions that have ur's and u's in them. My snap judgement is, if two extra letters are too much, it's doubtful the questions or topics will have any depth.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Sometimes I wonder about that too, but I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and at least read their questions.
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• United States
3 Nov 06
Yes, indeed it does. Language is the one thing in this world that keeps people together and we as human beings need to keep our languages alive. English and Spanish are two of the most common languages spoken on this planet. We need to keep our languages alive by learning how to spell and use our languages correctly.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I agree with you that we need to keep the written word and language alive through correct usage. But, I don't think language is the one thing that keeps people together...that's LOVE. Thanks for posting!!!
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@smughal (1028)
• Pakistan
3 Nov 06
when people write u for you and ur for your its ok with me but when they add numbers and wrong speellings it annoys me alot.
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@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
9 Nov 06
YES. It bothers me very much. Sadly when I was first a newbie to the whole online chatting thing (when I was 15 or something) I used to type like that. But it's so annoying, and looks very childish. It makes me think that the person typing is a 13 year old. English Education major here... I'm a grammar and spelling freak. (I hate this one specific thing that my friend says the most: 2maro. *Shudders*)
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
9 Nov 06
No problem. I hope mylot fixes that soon, it's very annoying. But, not as annoying as your friends "2maro" AHHHHHH!!! That's so cool that you're an English Ed major, I was just straight English because I don't want to teach in the traditional sense of the word. Grammar and spelling are so big on my personal no-no list that when I would write a paper I couldn't just write it all out then go back and fix mistakes, I had to do edit as I was writing because it would drive me so nuts that I couldnt concentrate on the actual content of the paper until it the error was corrected.
• United States
6 Nov 06
Drives me absolutely nuts, next to working at home. It has become a plague in society to talk slang and shorthand in letters, email, blogs, posts, and whatever else there is to write. Next you know poems will be written that way, then songs (I think some already are being written that way), then books, then text books, and before we know it people will be eye lazy too.
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• United States
6 Nov 06
This is because mylot had a brain fart...!
@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
6 Nov 06
Brain farts are so annoying aren't they? I agree with you that slang is becoming like a plague because it's spreading so rapidly. I think you are right that some songs, poems, and the like are being written with this new "language". You and I can help keep our language alive by not playing into the trend.
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
9 Nov 06
It is hard to read computer shorthand.
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
9 Nov 06
That it is! Thanks!
@pumpkinjam (5700)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov 06
Sometimes it bothers me. There is no need for it on here. I mean, if it's in a text, that's different because there is limited space but I do find it hard sometimes to understand things on here if it's typed in shorthand.
@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
4 Nov 06
I agree!
• India
3 Nov 06
no man
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@zuri25 (2128)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Cool. Thanks for posting!