Internet "spelling"

United States
July 26, 2009 12:26am CST
Does it bother you when people spell using an odd assortment of letters and numbers? For example: Internet User 1: hey wat u up 2 2day. Internet User 2: nm Internet User 3: thats kool lololol This drives me insane and I've even seen it on here a couple times. Please tell me I'm not the only one that it bothers.
6 responses
@fwidman (11517)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Nope, you are not alone Some people just cannot tell the difference between their computer keyboard and their cell phone keypad
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• United States
26 Jul 09
Thank god! It's not always that it bothers me either, sometimes I can understand why one would want to shorten a specific word. I still don't do it, but I can see why someone would. However I saw someone type "fone" instead of "phone" on Facebook the other day and it really triggered this whole "I hate internet lingo" deal. Seriously, is it too much to type out that one extra letter?
@fwidman (11517)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I guess it really is since so many people type "k" instead of "ok". Maybe they think they are being charged by the letter
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• United States
26 Jul 09
I actually have a friend that types "kk" instead of "ok". THAT is puzzling. He's already going for that extra key stroke, all he'd have to do is move is finger up and to the right just a little bit and he'd have hit the nail on the head!
@amitnaik (471)
• India
26 Jul 09
It irritates me if someone post such assortments of letters and numbers. I dont think that writing a complete word or sentence is so hard that you have to split words.That is normally a problem with almost everyone who chats frequently. some words like GN(good night),TC(take care) can be understood by someone.And because they are 8-10 letters,one can cut short it,but not all the words. one major disadvantage of this that they write the same thing in their official letters too. conclusion: 1This is a very bad habit. 2Try to avoid writing short-forms as early as you can. 3Don't annoy or confuse people like that. Anyway,different and nice discussion.Hope many will understand something out of it. Thanx for sharing!
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@amitnaik (471)
• India
26 Jul 09
Sorry about the last line..! Correction: Thanks for sharing!
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• United States
26 Jul 09
I definitely agree that it is a bad habbit. Many people at my school end up having this internet lingo slip into their research papers, which does not do so well on their grades.
@kevchua (1004)
• Malaysia
26 Jul 09
Internet lingo is common nowadays. It drives me crazy on when I don't understand what the word or short form means, for instance, IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) or l8er (later) but once you're used to the lingo, you'd be less irritated. I consider this a new language for online interactions; I wouldn't bother too much about it as long as the message gets across.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
How do you know what you think it is, is actually what it means? For example, I was talking with one of my friends using Facebook chat and I typed "FTW!". Now, when I type "FTW" I mean: FTW: For the win! However, this particular person thought it means: FTW: F*** the world! You can see how this would present a very different meaning, yeah? Granted I was joking when I typed it, so no matter the definition it wouldn't have made a difference. But to people that type like that all the time, is it really that hard to spell out the phrase they're wanting to use?
• United States
26 Jul 09
Oh, you are definitely not alone. I hate when people talk like that, especially when texting or IMing. It's not that difficult to actually type out a whole word. Most of the people I talk to do take the extra five seconds to actually write out all the words of the sentence they want to say, but occasionally I come across someone that talks like that. It is very frustrating, but apparently it's becoming more and more popular for people to text and chat that way. I've heard on the news and stuff that more and more grammar is suffering drastically for kids growing up now because that's how they write all day. I think it's very sad that people are living that way. They only reason I would EVER resort to that is if I was trying to fit everything into one text. Usually I just delete commas and then I have enough room. Or I delete a space here and there. But typing like that is a very last resort because it is so annoying.
• United States
26 Jul 09
I do the same exact thing! I hate it when people shorten words in texts, but I'll do it if I'm running low on space for my message. First thing I do is delete all my commas!
@inedible (771)
• Singapore
27 Jul 09
It bothers me a lot too. I don't mind seeing things like "lol" or "brb", or if they're only using abbreviations because they're in a hurry (with good reason), but seeing people use "u" or "ur" or "2" all the time really annoys me. Especially when they're doing it in a serious discussion. It's hard to take their words seriously when they can't even take the time to type it out properly.
@iwinagain (546)
26 Jul 09
Usually people who don't write out the whole words in a sentence, like "nice 2 c u" are in their teens or preteens. Sometimes I use abbreviations, like lol, ttyl, and nm rather than writing the whole words out because I know that the person will understand it and it saves me time. I don't mind if people abbreviate words as long as they don't use uncommon abbreviations that I don't understand. When people write "wat is up wit u" or "how r u", it does bother me because I want to talk to someone intelligent. When you speak like that, it doesn't make you sound mature or intelligent. I think teenagers speak like that on the internet to sound cool, but it doesn't sound cool to me.