SMS language

India
September 2, 2008 11:35am CST
Do u like 2 use sms language or short form of words when chatting with frnz? Is dat really awesome or it may affect english somehow?
6 responses
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
Well, I use SMS language when chatting with friends because it's easier to cram more words into a message. However, if the SMS I'm sending is work-related (like, to a client or a superior), I usually use full words for formality. As for whether it is healthy or awesome, I don't think it is. It's habit-forming and, if you aren't really grammar/spelling-conscious, you'd find that you'd start using it in official stuff like for work or school. So yes, SMS language is indeed convenient but we should take care not to get used to it so much that it would affect our ability to communicate well.
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
I hate the sms language on using it on everday lives like using in cellphone or computer. Its like abusing of english naturally, the laziness is one factor on using them. Try typing on mylot, you have fun here and you surely teach on how to type words that are not SMS. I have many friends on cellphone that are sending sms, the words I couldn't understand and I say what?
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 08
As for me using sms language short form is nothing awesome. I use it too all the time dats because I want to cram all my sms into one page. One page means one payment. If two pages they will charge two pages money. So that's why I use sms language.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I use it only on rare occasions when I'm in a rush. I do not like how immensely popular it has become amongst the younger generations. They are losing alot of exposure to good grammar and proper communication skills. In the future much of our personal communication may be in SMS, but on a professional level I would still expect to see proper grammar and language usage in the fullest. Therefore our children should still learn to use full language whenever possible in order to be prepared for life in the working world.
@strossuss (125)
• Philippines
2 Sep 08
for me, its not really awesome, its just for the sake of saving time and money (because before, older celfones only have little space for u to type in your msg, so to make your msg shorter and cheaper, we use txt-speak or sms language if you prefer) and ofcourse it'll affect your english, and its a bad practice.
• United States
2 Sep 08
In my opinion, SMS language is not good for our kids, this is one influence that could make their grammar, spelling and language skills suffer. I myself finding difficulty in typing SMS messages as I don not know how to do it and end up typing the whole word. But then you could only type a very limited sentence in one message, thats why you end up typing short cuts and making up words as substitute for another word. It surprised me though, how creative this kids are in making up new words / language. Hmmmm that just me !