Do you get annoyed by text speak?

Australia
February 27, 2007 7:42pm CST
Are you annoyed by the amount of text talk occurring in everyday life? I don't mean just on myLot. I'm referring to text talk popping up in work documents, professional letters, emails, etc. I can put up with a little bit, but when whole sentences are strung with text talk, I get so frustrated! I'm also finding those who use all these abbreviations tend to have very poor spelling as well. Perhaps the age of spellcheck has taken over the need to be competent with spelling. Am I just getting too picky? Or too old?
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
1 Mar 07
It does annoy me when it shows up in what is clearly a "writing environment." The two usages people seem the most guilty of using on a daily basis (even in the middle of perfectly "normal" text seems to be "ppl" and "u." Just how hard can it be to type out three extra characters? NOT very hard. I'm a writer, and I actually ran into a "guideline" for a job I was working on, which included the point: "Dnt use abbrvs b/c thr 2 diff 4 ppl 2 read." Ttx spk is fine if you're actually on your cell phone, texting. But writing-- for example on a site like myLot-- is NOT the same as texting on a phone.
@MissMo (170)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I hate it, not just professionally, but even just between friends! How much more effort does it take to type "you" instead of "u?" I know it may not be that big of a deak, but it makes me feel like the person is lazy and doesn't care about how intelligent others percieve them to be. I'm sure this isn't the case, but that's how it makes me feel.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
1 Mar 07
If you are becoming too picky or too old then so am I, because the prolific use of such abbreviations rather than bothering to spell a word is very annoying. This is a type of laziness that has become fashionable, and now a lot of people see no need to even bother learning how to spell or construct a sentence.
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@DocterDew (902)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Just curious if you tried searching for a discussion like this, or purposely copied them all. This has been debated many many times yet here I go, again. There is nothing wrong with it when you are talking with your friends but on here people should stride to make it a good quality error free post. It may take a bit longer, but who cares. People don't know all of the shortenings we use so we should try to make them a better post by using complete sentenses. I don't know what else to say other than it annoys me on here when people use it.
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• Australia
2 Mar 07
I don't copy anybody's posts. Besides, I don't have a post count high enough to copy-paste. I'm sorry that I'm new at myLot, and was unaware that it had been debated previously.
@ycswid (279)
• Canada
7 Mar 07
I think there is nothing wrong with starting a new discussion on an old topic. There are always new people starting at mylot and many don't search for particular topics that they want to post about but rather just look at the current listings for what they find interesting. I think it's more of an annoyance that those who have previously debated the subject come in to get another post added to their count ($) by retelling the same thing again and attack the starting poster.
@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
3 Mar 07
Not really, for as long as I understand what they are texting, its fine by me. Oftentimes, I found myself holding 2 mobiles at the same time and I had to abbreviate some words to make it faster to text. Same goes with mylot, when I happened to encounter some discussions with poor grammar and mispelled words, I will try to read it properly. If you can't understand what the person are texting you, you can ask them nicely to repeat their text with no abbreviations. Happy posting.
• Australia
4 Mar 07
I don't have a problem spending the time to work my way through a post that has been posted by someone who's first language is not English. I take the time to work through those, as it's clear they spent the time to post. And truthfully, they probably put in a lot more effort than the rest of us, trying to ensure they wrote in the best English they could. I think in those situations I should actually reward them for putting in all that effort, by taking the effort to read through their post. Those types of posts I also rate positively for their efforts, also. It's the shortcuts that people take when they chop out all the vowels and/or replace words or letters with numbers that irks me. If they have something I think is worth working my way through, but am not completely sure of their meaning, I will ask them to repeat without the abbreviations. Thanks for your suggestion!
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
I don't like text speak as well. I used to be one of those texters who would send sms that way, and even when chatting. Then I noticed that I was slowly losing my ability to speak and spell properly. So I reverted to the normal way of spelling so as not to affect my command of the english language. Also, I find it difficult to read messages, like in forums or letters when written this way. And yes, most of the time, I would forget how to properly abbreviate certain words. So it was a decision to avoid using text speak. Now, when I send sms, I compose my messages the usual way.
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• Australia
4 Mar 07
It's great to see you recognise this sort of change, and are doing something about it! I admit I sometimes use text talk when I'm texting someone. I usually type it out in full, and then if it's too long, I'll chop out some bits to make it fit.
• United States
1 Mar 07
I can't stand it! The only time I find it acceptable to use shorthand is on the cellphones. I can't stand that it's used so much online. It's really not difficult to type full words out, even if you are a bit slower at typing. I just don't think it's necessary. I feel the same way about it as I do when people butcher language in everyday conversation. Not necessary, and it gets on my nerves! While it may not seem fair to some, it does tend to make those of us who have no problem spelling out full words think that people who use shorthand/netspeak/text talk are either very lazy, or not extremely educated. Unfair? Perhaps. Judgmental? Sure. But so is getting a headache trying to figure out what someone is trying to say! If typing fast is a problem, how about improving the skill instead of taking the easy way out? You're not alone. It's one of my biggest pet peeves.
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• Australia
4 Mar 07
lol. I love the way you put it. I totally agree it's not worth the headache, trying to work out what all the abbreviations mean. And I'm happy I'm not the only one. I thought I was just being too anal about details!
@kiwikidz (753)
• New Zealand
1 Mar 07
I do absolutely (now how would you text that word) I think it is a very lazy form of English, will we get novels printed in text next it seems the list goes on and on, I think it should remain on cell phones where I believe it should be, not in these discussion sites. I know maybe it makes me sound 'old' as well but being brought up to speak and spell proper english it really leaves me cold when you see people who don't have a great command of the language anyway use texting, I don't know about you but I just don't try to answer those ones, i'm not being nasty I just cannot understand what they are trying to say.
• Australia
4 Mar 07
I agree. Sometimes it does make it very very hard to understand what people are saying in the first place, if it's too abbreviated. And I do find that it's very difficult to justify spending time on that sort of post to work out what their point is. Obviously, if it's someone who's first language isn't English, I will put more time into reading their post. Afterall, they put in the effort to responding in the first place. But text talk, bah. I can't be bothered! Afterall, minimal effort from them makes it hard for me to justify any effort on my part, also. Tough, but there are plenty of people on myLot. I'll leave that sort of post for someone else to answer.
@AmbiePam (49113)
• United States
28 Feb 07
For the most part, I always spell everything out. I'll use a LOL ever now and then, but I get tired of "simplified" or "dumbing down" of text speak. So many students who write papers don't know how to spell and their papers are really pathetic. My mom is an English professor and it drives her crazy. As a student, I'ma shamed for my generation.
• Australia
2 Mar 07
Oh boy, I'm sure she picks up a lot of abbreviations! It must frustrater her no end. It makes an other wise good paper into a bit of a joke if there are errors everywhere! Does your mom take it into consideration when assigning marks?
@TinWolf (184)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I just answered a Q exactly like this a few hours ago. I can't copy paste at my level??? But in essence I admitted I sometimes use BRB, or TY, or other such "Shorthand" methods, but I prefer, as a writer, and having a decent education, to spell out my thoughts. Slang is part of societies way to communicate, and sadly the WWW is degrading us as much as it's teaching us. I'm 63, so I suspect you aren't too old, and I found that I disliked this, once I finally figured it out. ROTFRMAO. Sigh. My greatest downfall was that I never took Typing 101, but do pretty well with 2 fingers,,,AND even as a writer for about 57 years I depend on WEBSTERS, spell check and copy editors. I also post on Yahoo Q & A, and very often note to the "poster" that spelling seems to be something they find unimportant. Thanks for the post. Steven Wolf
• Australia
28 Feb 07
Re copy and pasting, you and me both! We have a bit more work to do before we have that ability! One of my pet hates is spelling! I totally agree that text talk has reduced the masses to forget that spelling words correctly is important! The other day I saw someone post regarding not wanting to have any contact with someone after receiving a "massage". Of course, they were referring to a text MESSAGE, rather than a massage. The meaning was entirely confused by a simple spelling error. Yet the mistake was present each time they tried to write "message". Neither grammar checks, or spell checks would have picked up the error. Bring back Websters, and people who will use it!
• United States
28 Feb 07
There's certainly a time and a place for everything. If you're chatting with friends and wanna take shortcuts, I don't think that's too big of a deal. But I wouldn't want to see "text talk" in a professional environment. I would never personally do so, and I would be put off by someone who did. Unfortunately, I'm seeing fewer and fewer people who type grammatically correct, and I think it's going to be a difficult trend to stop.
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• Australia
28 Feb 07
Absolutely. I have no problems with text talk amongst friends. I just don't understand why I see it in professional documents, even if it is between friends! Professional letters and documents are read by more than just your friend, and it projects your image with it. I think the problem with text talk is also that some schools are now accepting these abbreviations in their submissions. This is not teaching children that they should learn to spell and type grammatically correct.
@lady_luv (46)
• United States
1 Mar 07
yes! it took me a while what G2G meant yes imagine that LOL
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@hezoid (2149)
28 Feb 07
Yes! It's really annoying, and darn right unprofessional! Rather than make something more easier to understand text talk makes it harder, becuase i have to mentally add the midding/wrong bits back to the word! Does the person writing it have to do the same in reverse when writing the text? Probably! So bascially nothing is gained my talking in text speak anyway, it just makes you look like a teenager, someone who's desperately trying to be a teenager, or just plain dumb! I'm probably too picky. Not too old though, i'm only 23! I was never in to text talk as a teenager either though.
@mizcash (686)
• Canada
27 May 08
why this is happening is everyone is in this text messaging and as the saying goes "practise becomes perfect". I think people should start writing in full text so it becomes more natural to them.
@xixinha (141)
• Portugal
26 May 08
I dont get annoyed by text speak because i also use it alot. But i usually use text talk in portuguese because the words are so big that the only choice we have is to abbreciate them.
25 Apr 07
I also get annoyed with txt spk. With standards of literacy falling each year, txt spk has taken over in the workplace and in the media. I get very cross when i get emails comprising txt spk and other abbrevations
@Kalikala (433)
• United States
25 Apr 07
In a word- yes! I don't mind a few abbreviations here and there in conversation, but when people use it too much, it just gets annoying. Almost as bad as when people tYpE lIke ThIs. Almost, but not quite.