Dnt u h8 ppl tht tlk lyk ths?

South Africa
April 20, 2008 4:15pm CST
Everyone must have experienced it at some point. Some idiot thinks that it makes them look cool if they abbreviate their words into a barely readable oblivion. I don't understand why people can't just use good English while they are chatting. Leaving out half of their letters just makes it harder for other people to read what they are saying which, if they are talking to someone, does not help the process. I am anti-"txt tlk." I support good grammar. I am part of the "Save the Vowels" movement. For the sake of your sanity and mine, type out your damn words. Thank you. Discuss.
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18 responses
@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I quite often have no idea what in the world they are talking about. I do however use a few of the more well known text talk words.
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• South Africa
20 Apr 08
I know what you mean about the comprehension problems. Sometimes just trying to read what they have said when I am tired gives me a headache. At that point I really couldn't care for what the person is saying, if it was important it would have been written in a way that I could read.
@kezabelle (2985)
20 Apr 08
I really detest text talk! even in a text message I hate it. What gets me though is text talk is supposed to cut down the letters you use so why do so many people spell things wrong but using the same or more letters but it is ok because its text talk for example bhoi-boy and the best one I ever saw was jografee-geography I mean lets at least keep some sense of being able to spell even if you must remove half the letters. My mum uses text talk better than me I often have to ring her to ask what on earth she was trying to tell me. I dont see the need for text talk on a public forum its kind of lazy in my opinion its like my lot are only allowing you so many letters per post!
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• South Africa
20 Apr 08
There is no point in shortening what you are saying if the person you are talking to can't understand it. I suppose it is understandable with a character limit but I don't think there is any other excuse. Since there is predictive text on most phones, it doesn't even take longer to type out your words. I did laugh at the "jografee"
• United States
20 May 08
I can see where talking like that has its place, such as when you have a conversation using cell phone text messages it can be easier to type "c u l8r" then to write out "See you later", but I detest having to see that stuff outside of brief cell phone notes. In chat rooms I'll use abbreviations such as AFK or BRB, but that is only because when I have to leave the computer I am usually in a huge hurry and don't have the time to write out "Be right back" or "Away from the keyboard", I could not bear to have to type or read something like l33t on a regular basis for no reason other than just to write funky.
• South Africa
20 May 08
It seems similar to how some people, especially girls, write in such a way as to create aesthetic effect. This comes complete with hearts instead of dots above the 'i' and various different colours. When it comes down to it, it is just inefficient and I find the blur of colours harder to read.
@deemple (164)
• Philippines
20 May 08
pirate_arg you are right,i hate people who type messages to me that way...feeling bad on vowels.i just dont know why they are making shortcuts out of consonants.i feel upset to people who type messages that way to me and my kids knew it.even telling their friends to type the right words to me otherwise i would reprimand my kids for having lazy friends,dont know how to use their learnings.what school have they learned about that kind of shortcuts?OMG,,,whew!!!
• South Africa
20 May 08
I laughed out loud when I read the part about you reprimanding your children for having lazy friends. It is the right thing to do, you are teaching them to use their language skills properly and to associate with people that can do the same. I think we need more parents with that attitude.
• India
26 Apr 08
i agree, i think it is silly. the whole idea of a mess on the mobile is to get a message across so i think it should just be spelled out . i dont understand these abbreviations myself and do find it a bit childesh.
• South Africa
27 Apr 08
I agree when you say it is childish. The whole thing kind of reminds me of a group of children making their own code so that other people can not understand them. The problem arises from how they want to use their code to communicate with anyone which does not end well.
@Cyrics (85)
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
That's one of my pet peeves especially on a forum where you don't need to abbreviate every word you said unlike in text on mobile phones where you are limited. For sms, I hate people who abbreviate to something barely understandable.
• South Africa
24 Apr 08
Forums and any other instant messenger where you have a keyboard in front of you and no good excuse to abbreviate everything into an illegible mess. If the person you send the message to can't read it, it defeats the purpose of sending the message in the first place.
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
you're right pirate_arg. I hate TEXT talk. first bec I can't understand them well. I text with the dictionary on, because I might get used to bad spelling and grammar and it's not good. I only do text talking when i've reached the limit. But i only use "u" instead of you. "bec" instead of because. For Filipinos like us, text talking is widely used even in forums and even when we talk personally, it's really annoying. Bad grammar, bad spelling, poor english, what's next? :-(
@cher913 (25897)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
LOL!!! i mean seriously, as a mother of a teenager, its not hard to get into this lingo and oh no! nows its rubbing off on me!! ttyl!! :-)
• South Africa
24 Apr 08
NO! Do not submit to the terrible degenerated language of evilâ„¢! It is evil! And degenerated! And hardly even a language! The point is, don't let it rub off on you. In fact, you should be punishing your teenagers for using it. Just be subtle, like ignoring anything they say in text talk completely.
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23 Apr 08
I absolutely detest text speak, it drives me to distraction when people send me a text like that, or an email come to that. It has happened a few times and on each occasion I have deleted them until the person either phones or actually uses proper words
• South Africa
24 Apr 08
I like your approach. Just point blank refuse to communticate with someone that can't be bothered to talk using full words. If you get lucky they will return to a more civilised state. If they don't, they were probably tedious to talk to anyway.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I am part of the "Save the Vowels" movement ROFLMFAO I too am part of the Save the Vowels movement and I hope as time goes on more people will join in and show support LOL text talk drives me nuts...I'll shorten some words like ppl for example but...actually thats the only word i can think of LOL..Mind you I dont own a cell phone or anything like that so I never got into it to begin with ya know...
• South Africa
23 Apr 08
Even when I am using my cell phone I show the people on the other end of the conversation a little bit of respect and write out my words. On a side note, have you noticed how people that use text talk get all defensive when you tell them to stop it? They go on a whole long rant about how it is quicker or something but I don't see how much longer it can possibly take if you have to push one button less.
@Henjin (81)
• South Africa
23 Apr 08
You are forgetting about "txt-talk's" best friend, Bad Grammar, together these tyrants are destroying my internet. In some cases horrible grammar can make a sentence even harder to decipher than "txt-talk."
• South Africa
23 Apr 08
Grammar is badly abused on the internet. I find it quite odd that it is often ignored completely even though different punctuation on its own can change the meaning of a statement completely.
@rombi001 (943)
20 Apr 08
hahaha... I know wut u tlkn bout... ttiz rly ANNOYING!! Some people just don't know where to draw the line!! :)
• South Africa
20 Apr 08
I suppose it is really about knowing where to draw the line. For example, abbreviating common phrases like "be right back", "laughing out loud" to "brb" or "lol" is acceptable and widely known in the same way that you won't say "My computer needs more random access memory," you will say "My computer needs more RAM." The problem comes in usually when you are abbreviating to save a single character and it just ends up being unreadable.
• United States
18 Sep 08
I hate text talk. With more known abbreviations it is fine like IM LOL BRB BFF. I use instant messenger all the time and i don't know really anyone who uses text talk. I always come to find people though who do and I tell them to either spell correctly or don't talk to me at all. I think it would be harder to find and remember a "new" way of spelling something then to just type it out.
@My2Cents (291)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
It is annoying - but when you pay for texting I can see why people abbreviate. I don't text much anyway - so I usually spell things out if I can, but when your words are 8+ letters, I leave vowels out occasionally.
@BUSSY1979 (1284)
• United States
28 Apr 08
i personally agree with ya there Pirate_Arg. This is a Forum, Not a freaking chatroom! LOL
@ashly1979 (1376)
• United States
27 Apr 08
some people like to abbreviate the woulds but i dont
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
27 Apr 08
So very true. I only abbreviate some words and it's very rare too. I do hate how people type like that though. I have a hard time reading peoples emails and even on messanger when they type that way. I completely agree with you people should learn to type the words the way they are supposed to be spelt.
• India
26 Apr 08
i completely agree dear