Why Do People Type Like There's Something Wrong With Them?

United States
December 11, 2008 3:09am CST
I'm talking about people who type things like "wots" instead of What's or "UR" instead of you are? When texting I guess I get it. I don't like it, but I get it. When typing out a response on a forum or discussion board, though, it doesn't make any sense. You're trying to put together a coherent statement about you point of view. You want to get you message across and not look stupid. If that's the case... type out your words. Two extra letters is not going to slow you down, and you'll look like less of a mentally challenged person. I have no respect for short hand typing, especially when you obviously have plenty of time to kill. Contractions, however, are fine. It really scares me to think of how the future generations are going to speak and type.
5 responses
@minx267 (12584)
• Hartford, Connecticut
11 Dec 08
boy I really agree with you there.. I am guilty of using some of these in texts only because of time constrictions and amount of keystrokes I can make per message. But when it comes to typing I would rather see things spelled out so I know what I am reading. there have been some discussions that have been typed so badly I never could figure out what half the "words" were supposed to be therefore could not tell what the issue was because they were not even making any sense. I also have a pet peeve with spelling. typos is one thing.. but spelling.. grrr it annoys me when I see words bludgeoned. lol
• United States
11 Dec 08
Oh geez, a fellow grammar Nazi. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I love my language, and to see it butchered by people who have been speaking it from the end of infancy really upsets me. People don't take pride in the written word, anymore. I blame the internet. (Love you internet! *pets the internet*)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I'm a dot-o-holic. I use them to express long pauses and trailed off sentences, for which I'm famous. I love... dots! (That was my Shatner impression. Dots are useful.)
@minx267 (12584)
• Hartford, Connecticut
11 Dec 08
ROFLMAO at Shatner impression. I was actually doing it in my head too... I think dots and dashes are great too.. AND Star Trek. but that's because I am borderline Nerd.. no wait. who am I trying to fool I am probably a complete nerd. I watch sci-fi all day long. lol
• United States
11 Dec 08
I think it's a pretty bad habit to fall into. I've never been tempted to write like that, and I never plan to in future, either. I don't see the appeal. I can only really understand if the person wants to leave me a long text on my phone- but then again, if the text has to be that detailed, they should just call! I tend to ignore posts on any website written in that manner... My eyes just slide over it, because I tend to find posts that "tip lyk dis" painful.
• United States
11 Dec 08
Exactly. It looks as though a four year old typed something while playing pretend. The most horrifying thing, though, is that kids will say, "Well you knew what I meant, so who cares what it looks like?" I do. Very much. I, personally, don't even like to use phrasing such as "LOL". It's not that often that I "laugh out loud" at the computer, either... but that's another discussion all together. Anyway, I'm rambling. It's nice to know that other people feel as strongly about this as I do. Thanks.
@chandu245 (647)
• India
11 Dec 08
Friend they want to make it in short sentences rather than big or huge. Because they don't want to put all effort and time on the samething. so they will do like that friend.
• United States
11 Dec 08
If what you say is true, friend, then they shouldn't be corresponding with people on a mass scale. If you don't want to put effort into communication, then don't communicate. That's my theory, anyway. Thanks for the response.
@luoke1 (377)
• China
11 Dec 08
I also normally would use those words,but that's only when I am writing to a friend or close person.It sort of save time and space you know?
• United States
11 Dec 08
I think I can understand that, as well. When writing to someone who knows you, you don't have to worry about looking stupid. Unfortunately, younger kids (and even some seasoned adults) have taken to typing like this on public forums where they just look like idiots.
@runeman (35)
• India
11 Dec 08
Well mostly it is used to save time. Time is Money :P. Anyway yea... looking at the progress of the language, it scares me too!!
• United States
11 Dec 08
Thanks for responding. Time is money, eh? Well, I guess I'm just more about quality over quantity. (Wink)