Do You Find Text Speak or Text Lingo Annoying?

@jetlady (338)
Philippines
September 20, 2006 11:05pm CST
I call them mutilated words. They're not only annoying to read and so eye-straining they also encourage bad spelling and don't promote good English. Why can't people just type the whole word or the correct spelling of the word? It's okey in SMS or cellphones, but not in messageboards or forums. What do you think?
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6 responses
• United States
9 Oct 06
idk sometimes when u dont wanna type the whole word or if you talk alot on aim then u get used to it
@jetlady (338)
• Philippines
10 Oct 06
again, in IM's or chatrooms, my dear, that's what or where they are for; not in messageboards where you're not limited with time or space in your response.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
9 Oct 06
No I don't. I actually find it quite handy when you chat a lot. It does take awhile to get to know what all of them mean, I remember when I was new to the internet world and had no idea what "lol" meant, people found that quite funny.
@jetlady (338)
• Philippines
10 Oct 06
that's funny. me, too, when i was new to the internet and all these people were adding LOL to the last part of their sentences. only later i found out it means "Laugh Out Loud." it's actually my favorite expression here if you noticed, hehe, lol! :D
@maddog108 (3441)
• Australia
3 Oct 06
no it makes things a lot faster when you chat a lot
@jetlady (338)
• Philippines
10 Oct 06
you're right. but messageboards or forums are not like chatrooms where you are like always running with time to catch up with your chatmate.
• United States
3 Oct 06
I think this soet of "speak" started in gaming. When playing a fast paced game on the computer, you ned to save time when chatting with your team mates, so they shortened words, and then pople used it for IMing, and then for texting. It's just quicker. If you don't like them, then don't use it, but I don't see how it's different from using Conjunctions.
@jetlady (338)
• Philippines
10 Oct 06
thanks for the history, professor. lol. conjunctions, though, are PART of speech, and not words altered or truncated as to loose their correct spelling. i understand why people use them, but i'd rather if they go to messageboards like this to become regular, sensible, posters, they adhere to standards of writing to be more understandable, like what you do here. there's no word limit here anyway. in the forum where i have been a long time member, we're very strict with text-speak and impose a ruling for it. those caught doing it will be given warnings at first. if they do not change their style of writing there will be restrictions in their membership. or worst, they'll get banned. that's how serios we are. we just want to promote smooth flow of thought in that forum through proper (English) language use.
@MySpot (2602)
• United States
21 Sep 06
Agreed. Got some other pet peeves? Check out my discussion ~~ http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/43362.aspx
@jetlady (338)
• Philippines
10 Oct 06
Thanks. at least, i've got one here who shares my sentiment, lol. just responded to your post, check it out now. :)
@joy358 (491)
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
Not really. I myself use text lingo when I send messages through my cellphone or when I chat with somebody through instant messaging. It's faster if you abbreviate your words than spelling it out and as long as you can make your self clearly understood then I have no trouble with text lingo. Moreover, making words shorter would also save money in the case of text messaging because the less characters you send the lesser the charge. However, using text lingo does have its disadvantage. Some people are so used to conversing in text lingo that they often forget the spelling of simple words and just use the text lingo spelling. Perhaps this is why I have low tolerance for people who use the text lingo when it isn't necessary, like when they're not texting or chatting. I especially get annoyed with people who use text lingo in an e-mail or in a forum, because in both cases you're not pressed for time and neither are charged, no matter how long your message is so shortening words is really not necessary in both instances. So for me, using text lingo is okay as long as it is used appropriately, i.e. in texting and chatting.