wht do u say abt txt lng? is it pissing u off?

@jimeny (640)
Israel
June 26, 2012 4:54am CST
I used to write in this manner a while ago, when I just started typing English. It was easier because it would take me a while to finish writing a short paragraph. Since then I improved a lot, but now I've became less tolerant to this way of writing. I was wondering, is it a legitimate way of writing, should it be acceptable, or should there be a limited time for people to use it until they get a hold on their English usage?
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10 responses
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
My opinion on texting is leave it on the Smartphone or chat. Smartphones have SMS, other mediums like email or paper, don’t. When it comes to formal correspondence, do it the traditional way. I don’t really hate texting but it often frustrates me when I receive messages from my friends or acquaintances who love to text. Sometimes, their messages are so cryptic because they are full of codes and slang. Often, I ask them to resend their same message in the correct format because I cannot endure code breaking on another level. Besides, people have their own text language or meaning. I meant this by referring on how the words, in your perceptive, will form. Some people invent their own codes, which is often not familiar to the receiver. I have encountered much correspondence that used texting and I am afraid that I had to send it back. Call me snobbish or purist but, there is enough space on the paper or on the screen to write and shortening the words in such circumstances is a waste of that space. In addition, it shows on the writing how much importance the writer place on its reader.
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@Jennib1 (62)
• South Africa
27 Jun 12
I was also one that abbreviated by words although not to the point where the person reading my text couldn't understand me. Eventually I discovered that I was finding it difficult to spell a word correctly or even put a sentence together. To get myself to use proper English once again, I did a lot of crossword puzzles and played word games which seemed to help. Personally I don't think that that way of writing should be acceptable. The worrying thing about abbreviating text is that the young kids at school, who have cell phones, are also doing it. This is the age when they should actually be learning how to spell words correctly.
@Porcospino (18590)
• Denmark
27 Jun 12
I think it is okay to use that kind of language in the text messages. The number of characters is limited, and sometimes it is neccesary to use abbreviations if we want to express a lot of things in one message. In other situations I don't like that kind of writing. I am a member of many different discussion forums and it happens quite often that people write text language in online forums. If I see an entire discussion that it written that way I simply skip it. I probably could understand the meaning if I read the words carefully, but I lose interest in discussions that are written that way.
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• United States
26 Jun 12
Text lingo drives me nuts! Whenever I see it, my view of that person's intelligence just plummets. I don't understand why people would abbreviate the language to the point that it's practically unrecognizable. It's one thing to see it on the internet and be annoyed by it, but in college there would be students turning in their homework written in text lingo! It's ridiculous. You should communicate in full words and sentences.
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@owlwings (39870)
• Cambridge, England
26 Jun 12
Using txtspk is valid in an SMS where you only have 140 (or whatever) characters to convey your message. That is the ONLY place it should be used. Anywhere else (including MyLot) it is unacceptable and can be annoying to many people.
@jimeny (640)
• Israel
26 Jun 12
actually, there are unlimited text programs and my texts have 1000 characters input...
• Philippines
8 Jul 12
I must say, I am one of those people who doesn't tolerate this format, as well. I can't understand why people still make shortcuts in typing when you all have the letters of the alphabet laid in one keyboard, and you only needed to press them one at a time. I just don't point it out to the people I talk to especially online. But I always notice it, every single time. It could be even worse sometimes because not only do they put the words in to shortcut, but they also tend to make their own spellings of some words, substituting the original letters with another to make it look like gibberish or so (it's a quite complicated manner which has been popular in our country nowadays). Frankly speaking, I could never consider the text lingo as a legitimate way of writing. Perhaps people could use this every once in a while, but only during informal conversations. The use of this kind of format should be limited as well, meaning it shouldn't be applied on materials involving technical writing like the resume, reports, etc. It won't only maintain the formality of the language, but also help the people in remembering the CORRECT SPELLING of the word they employ.
• Southend-On-Sea, England
27 Jun 12
I hate it. To me, it's destroying the English language as a fair proportion of younger people here in the UK are having tremendous problems learning how to read properly, how to spell properly and how to correctly use grammar. I personally don't think that 'text-speak' is any easier to type than proper words. It certainly wouldn't here be considered 'legitimate' at say a job interview where the interviewee gave the job applicant a form to fill in, nor would a job applicant be thought very much of their CV was largely or entirely comprised of "uc, I hd a jb in mrktng so hve the xprnce".
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
it is actually not helping my English. and making people dumber when faced with a pen and paper. having to write for a project now for a comic book that we are working on and also writing songs, txt lng is bad for me definitely.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
I don't see anything wrong about this kind of writing. I also use that specially in testing it saves our time in sending messages.
@Bluedoll (17050)
• Canada
26 Jun 12
Hi, Please remember I was asked for my opinion/thoughts. On seeing the title of the discussion it was my decision to avoid and ignore this discussion completely or perhaps even ask for deletion because I found it so inappropriate. I changed my mind because in the description I found the author was able to express a thought I was interested in reading. I do agree with the author here that the other method being talked about as a form of writing is unacceptable so therefore not suitable for the purpose of discussion. Have a nice day everyone.