"Txt" talk in discussions

@ElicBxn (59617)
United States
February 5, 2008 3:42am CST
I find it hard to believe that people post discussions in "txt" style. I am disinclined to add these people as friends. Not because I don't think they are smart, but just because I find it so hard to read. I have recently gotten a request for a friendship from one & I'm debating adding them. For all I know, they post their discussions from their phones, but I still don't care for it (heck, I spell my phone texts correctly...)
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@dorypanda (1584)
5 Feb 08
I don't actually like txt spk (text speak) on the internet, I don't use it on my mobile phone either, I prefer to use the predictive text so that way I know I've spelt everything correctly too. When I first started using chat rooms and places like that, I had no idea what lots of the text speak language actually meant, I've now found out that lol means laugh(ing) out loud and lmbo, means laughing my bum off, Americans sometimes replace the b for an a on that one. TTFN, means tata for now, as in I'll see you later. l8r, that means later. I can't think of any more right now. I do know what you mean and I don't think it really helps children with their spelling or grammar. (not that mine's particularly good though).
@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
gr8t!!! now I feel justified to refuse friendship to the person who asked to be my friend but only uses "txt" in the discussions they start actually, I may accept them, PM them why I'm turning them down & delete them!
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Well Sweets to me a friend is a friend..I guess I don't sweat the small stuff and I mostly find it small! I just want to be and let be..I try to accept others as they are and I hope they will forgive me my sometimes not with it ways..I also have been known to buy an as is car..lol Maybe they are txting from their phones...Hadn't thought of it but that could be.. oxxoxoxoxo
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I think that if they have the time & $$ to mylot from their phone, then they have the $$ to spell the words out.
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@jtr115 (725)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I will occasionally use abbreviations for the longer words and expressions like "LOL," but otherwise I'll post in plain English since I'm not completely fluent in text speak. Plus, it's not that much more of an effort to type out words like "great" instead of "gr8." I'm not a huge fan of the intentional misspellings such as "liek" (like) and "nao" (now) since it looks like the typist is speaking another language.
@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I agree, I do use some abrevations, but lets just not get stupid about it, and no reason to get "cute" about it either....
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@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I find the "txt" style difficult to read too. I usually skip over responses or discussions that are written in that style.
@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
me too, I have turned down someone that requested my friendship for that reason In fact, i accepted him long enough to tell him WHY I was rejecting him
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• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Feb 08
i totally agree with you. I hate txt language, and i don't even use it when i send a text message on my cell phone. It's like degrading our language. I also find it hard to understand what some people say sometimes...so let's hope people get used to writing properly here!
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
and, I can probably count the number of texts I send from phone a month on 1 hand! doesn't help that I didn't figure out how to do it until recently....
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@ratyz5 (7832)
• Philippines
5 Feb 08
Me too, I even find it annoying when people send me messages in text even though there are still a lot of characters they can use to make their words in their messages complete. I know they might making it a quick way to send messages but, if its really not that urgent, grammar shouldn't be left behind. When it comes to forums, I also encounter members who do that short way of typing words... well, I even remember a classmate during college writing her notes in that way?! Well anyway, I simply just don't get it why some would do it. Maybe I'm just annoyed but, I try to tolerate it..
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I used a form of "shorthand" in college back in the 1970's to take notes. And I'll use "LOL" and "wb" & stuff in chat rooms, even here sometimes. I use "&" a lot, but that's different than a whole discussion in "txt"
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@ratyz5 (7832)
• Philippines
5 Feb 08
Really? I wanted to learn how to short hand before... yeah, its quite different when you build a discussion out of words that doesn't really have abbreviated counterparts...
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
it wasn't "real" shorthand, but like an arrow for to and the letter "t" for "the" so "they" would be "ty" and "there" "tre" etc. Also helped write lots of stories that way... I kind of took my school noted in an outline - that worked best for me.
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
You think that's bad? I'm a business owner and frequently have people applying for a job using txt speak! It drives me insane. I received an email this morning from someone and it read "iwanna wrok 4 u" Are you kidding me? I really blame text messaging, at least in part, for the bastardizing of the English language. An overwhelming portion of the population has no idea how to write coherently anymore, much less understand grammar and punctuation. And to anyone who isn't into chatting and texting, it makes these people look like a bunch of slack-jawed mouth-breathers who can't string a sentence together to save their lives.
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I totally believe it! Back in the early '80's I worked in a "human resource" office and even then there were some that wrote pretty badly. I've seen young people that write like that in chat rooms, in game rooms on Pogo. I tell them that they can't go writing like that if they want to get a real job. Some of them get hostile. Its like they only think about 1 thing, and everything else is not important. Not important... well, we'll probably be seeing some of them on the side of the road with the cardboard signs in a few years....
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
I can see it now..."Will wrok 4 fud"
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
6 Feb 08
How about "pls hlp $$ r fud"
@lingli_78 (12860)
• Australia
5 Feb 08
i don't really mind txt language if it is using a mobile phone... i can understand that it costs money to send sms in a mobile phone... so people want to keep it as short as possible to save space and money... as long as i can understand it and it is not too much, then i am alright... but here... i don't find any reason at all for people to use txt language here... in fact, i will be quite annoyed if i read a whole discussion with a txt language here... i don't generally like txt language as well... so i can perfectly understand what you mean...
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Golly, you get it! I just can't believe how many do, or really understand the few that don't. but txtng on the phone is a whole different kettle of fish to discussion on mylot!
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@lingli_78 (12860)
• Australia
6 Oct 08
thanks for the best response... yes, i really understand how you feel and how annoying it is if we have to read txt language here... take care and have a nice day...
@suspenseful (40330)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
I have not gotten a request from someone who uses text styles for friendship, but I still cannot understand them. It is very hard to do, and I wonder why they would use their mobile phones rather than go to a computer. I guess even with the txt it must be hard to write long discussions. I guess they are the short questions and answer types. It also shows laziness. Just because a word sounds the same as if it were texted, does not mean that it should not be spelled correctly and in it's entirety. If they are lazy in spelling, and take short-cuts, they might take short-cuts where it really matters.
@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I got my second one the other day - provoking this conversation. I'm so HAPPY to see so many people agreeing with me!
• Canada
5 Feb 08
Understandable I have no idea what they are saying either , why bother textying if you can`t type it out correctly ...
@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Pretty much my take. Why bother coming to a forum like mylot if you don't want to be understood... and are you so vain that you think everyone should understand txtng?
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@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
5 Feb 08
I feel the same way. I read very quickly and naturally but with textspeak I have to slow down and really pay attention to parse what they are trying to say. It just feels like so much work it becomes not really worth it to me.
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
same for me, txt spk is like - oh - all my vowels fell off my keyboard, but I have to type!
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• United States
5 Feb 08
Hear hear! I agree with you. This type of forum gives practice to people who are trying to ;earn the English language. I understand we all use internet abbreviations, to some extent, but I think its rude to exclude entire groups of people who can not join or communicate a response because lack of understanding. I would not add someone who makes a habit of this kind of communication. I do not TXT much at all. If it is that important and you are not reachable by computer, then I phone strait away.
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I think that's so true. I've worked so hard on my English (tho I'm a native speaker, I have a language learning disablity that made learning to spell & learning grammer very hard.) I think "txt" is a way to exclude people that aren't "hip"
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• Philippines
5 Feb 08
I understand what you mean my friend.. I have had similar messages on myLot and even in my mails. I mean, I really don't have a hard time reading SMS-style messages but at times, I find it rude. Rude in the sense that I don't see any sincerity in the messages anymore. I mean, it's okay to read them over the phone but mails? or even at myLot? Geez!
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I think if I got them ON the phone, that'd be one thing, I probably wouldn't be so anti that. Its actually in regards to mylot discussions that I'm refering to!
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I found it highly annoying and hard to read. I prefer spelling things out even on my phone, and when my daughter texts me I have to sit there and decipher it before I can answer her.
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I hear ya. I don't have anyone that "txt"s me, the few text messages I get are spelled out.
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• United States
5 Feb 08
I always try and write everything right, especially in my discussions and the responses I reply. I only ever wirte txt in SMS or short messenging services to friends like MSN messenger and facebook. I also agree with you that it does look a bit cheap too and I dont think people will get alot of score for quality if they type in txt.
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
and it looks like they are lazy and don't care enough to learn to write correctly grow up kiddies!
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@sca1066 (32)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I agree with you. I don't text from a phone as it costs too much, and besides, aren't phones for talking to someone? Not to mention I like hearing my friends voice. If we have to text each other we do it with e-mail! I even spell check my e-mail. that's the data processor in me.
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I spell check my email, but not my ims... unless I'm pretty sure I'm misspelling it so badly it can't be understood.
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• United States
5 Feb 08
I don't have a problem adding anyone who speaks this way. I find it hard to stop responding to another and respond to them. So for the most part I'll pass it by. Adding more friends to my lists. gets me more interests. So I will not cut out them when they add to my mylotting experience.
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I just think of it as a way to try & get them to TRY and improve. If they can't get friends with because they txt, maybe they'll stop.
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• United States
5 Feb 08
Download this free program to convert txt files to PDF www.verypdf.com/txt2pdf/index.htm
@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
why should *I* have to do that? why can't they learn to write correctly?
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@AmbiePam (42806)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I agree. It is rather distracting when you're trying to read through their discussions, and provide a worthwhile response. My mom recently quit her job at a local college, and she said one of the worst things about incoming students, is that they actually started writing papers in TEXT speak. I'd say that is a bit much.
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@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I remember when my, now, 22 yr old neice was in school they didn't work to hard to get her to spell things correctly, and HANDWRITING??? I grant my handwriting is HORRIBLE, so bad I started printing again so *I* could read it, but they don't even TRY now!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Oh i don't like that either.I just will not answer their post..You are right it is hard to read,and i do not like it.I don't un derstand why people do this..They are just keeping people from answering and they are cutting down their friends list...
@ElicBxn (59617)
• United States
5 Feb 08
that's my take on it and I want to thank you (and all who respond) for mostly agreeing with me.
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