Words being abbreviated, how do you like reading it?

@juliefaye (1214)
Philippines
May 26, 2008 6:17am CST
Nowadays, we abbreviate every word in our text messages to make it shorter and to save some space thereby sending long messages shorter. I find it really awkward the first time I have my cellphone, sometimes I cannot understand the message sent to me. You becomes U, to becomes 2, later is lat8r, are is simple r, OK is even shorter with K. One friend of mine doesn't like the idea of abbreviating so she still sends me messages in long words and i love reading her text. I find it ok to use it on cellphone messages because I understand how it's hard to thumb in while in a hurry to reply. But, do you still like to read it specially in a discussion here in Mylot? To be honest, everytime I read abbreviated discussions, I skip to another topic. In my opinion, we have to use proper words in every discussions we made for a much better understanding of the topic. Mylot population is of different age level and there are members too who have difficulty in communicating in English and I guess they can learn from what they read here.
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@eihdra (3116)
• Philippines
26 May 08
We live in the same country and we both know how expensive text messages are, so it's ok for me to abbreviate words in my cell, to fit it in just one message..I do think so too, that we shouldn't take shortcuts here because, in Mylot, you get paid a little more if you put in so many words..Besides, it's a big space and free to write all we want, as many as we want..Though, we have to think that maybe those people just forgot that they're typing in heir Pc and not their cell....
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@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
26 May 08
You're right, they are (i think) text addict .
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Hello julie. How are you? Your discussion reminds me of my youngest sister. There are times she sends me text messages and I'm like, "Huh? Is that even a word?" So, I reply back to her and ask her what her messages meant. I, too am guilty of abbreviating some words when I send text messages. But I rarely make a word that consists of several letters and try to compress it to a three-letter word! Anyway, I only do those abbreviation on cellphone text messages. But in a place like this site, it's a definite no-no for me. People are here to discuss on every possible topics. And not everyone can understand the abbreviations. Thus, preventing a meaningful exchange of ideas and views on certain matters. I remember months ago, I read a very interesting title of a discussion. When I proceeded in reading it, I was totally disappointed. I couldn't even begin to understand what the poster wanted to convey. I was spending time trying to decipher what the abbreviated words meant.
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
You surely got what I mean, there were interesting topics here but the text speak chase away the readers. I won't spent my time trying to decipher every word misspelled, i'd rather leave in haste.
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• Philippines
27 May 08
Yes. Time is precious. There are many other interesting and readable discussions to respond to. Rather than waste it on discussions that almost needs a decoder!
@lieanat (1138)
• Malaysia
27 May 08
Hi, it's fine for me as long as I can understand the content of the discussion. If it's too abstract, I'll just skip it like you do. I agree with you that we should write proper English here, so that those non-English speaking person like me can improve my english skill. If they still want to use abbreviated words, such as WTO, they should write the full words of the WTO. This is because not every abbreviation is same in different country!
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
what is WTO?
@lieanat (1138)
• Malaysia
27 May 08
WTO can stand for World Trade Organization. WTO can abbreviated for Window Technical Organization.
27 May 08
Having 2 teenage kids I find their way of writing is becoming dumbed down by using this sort of text. I can understand using it in a text message when we only have a certain amount of words, but I do believe the English language is dying when kids use this way of writing all the time. No wonder so many kids in my country are leaving school illiterate.
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Hello Lisa... though it seems a trend to young generations of today, i hope it won't be the reason for making them dumb and lost interest in school. btw, how r u my comrade?
27 May 08
Hello my comrade. I am doing well and enjoying being back here, so much better than just leaving comments to many people I do not really know on you know who..lol I understand what you mean, but what I have found with my kids, writing on the computer is accepted now, theres no more handwriting like years ago. My daughter types like a maniac, I had to learn the SLOW way which still left me with no skills. With spell check too it is so easy to forget how to spell which I feel has made my kids very lazy and not learn the English language like they should. In my honest opinion, instead of making our kids more intelligent, technology seems to be making them less intelligent!!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
27 May 08
Abbreviation on Mylot is making me upset. First, we are not messaging anything.I don't like discussions or respond with abbreviation. It is very lazy. I don't like short messages either. Text messaging should be in real text or none. HUGS
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Not just in Mylot but I've seen it on other social networking site.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
28 May 08
I know. Many people from non-English speaking countries are doing that. It makes me wonder why....
• Southend-On-Sea, England
26 May 08
I find it very irritating, and I think it's losing the essence and richness of the English language. I'd be interested to know if people in non-English speaking countries also abbreviate when texting on their mobiles or talking online. I do believe that this "shorthand" way of chatting is killing off the art of deep conversation, and people don't seem to now know how to talk properly to one another. It's sad too, to see how young people in particular seem no longer able to use grammar properly, no longer able to spell etc. and they seem not to understand that grammar/spelling/punctuation etc. is essential to eloquent conversation. A poorly punctuated sentence, or one that contains none, can be completely misunderstood as a carefully placed comma (or whatever) can change the whole meaning of something - therefore, I see it as quite possible that there are masses of people out there who are missing the plot entirely of what others are saying to them. That sounds a bit dramatic, but sadly I'm seeing a lot of evidence of it - people seem unable to say exactly what they mean any more, and I see a day not too far off when people won't even be able to have a meaning, let alone convey one.
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Don't be surprised if the younger generation will spell people as ppl if this trend continues. I remember how i cannot understand what is ppl and feel so ignorant and stupid afterwards HA HA HA! Punctuation is very important in a message and it should not be deleted because it tells exactly the feelings of the person sending the message. I remember I erroneously wrote a punctuation mark.. i send a message to my husband "Going home!" when i mean "Going home?". He sarcastically answered "why!" and I wondered why... Sometimes, these will create misunderstanding.
• Southend-On-Sea, England
27 May 08
Yes your example shows how things can be misinterpreted without punctuation. When I was at school (more years ago than I care to remember), we had a little grammar exercise. We were given the sentence (unpunctuated)....."What is the row over Mary", and we had to put as many interpretations on it as we could, punctuating it in different places and in different ways. Then the teacher demonstrated that there are about ten different meanings to that sentence, each meaning coming across using punctuation only. Thanks for your reply and have a good day! :-)
• United States
26 May 08
I hate the short abbreviated words, even though I understand using it on the cell. I didn't like shorthand in highschool and I believe it is the downfall of the basic ability to spell. After the 4th grade, where my children go to school, spelling is not even taught or practiced. The teachers are not allowed to grade on spelling. My kids think I'm mean when I make them break out the dictionary to spell words when I see them wron on their papers. I want them to brake and break out a real dictionary, not an online dictionary that now includes every slang accepted in every household in the world. If you type in "giver upper", you actually get a definition. Come on people. It isn't rocket science. It is simply an important part of written communication. Challenge yourself.
• United States
26 May 08
wrong. That's what I get for typing in bed. See how bad that looks, even with just a missed letter.
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
26 May 08
Wow! very well said here.. I'm afraid that my kids would have a failing grade in spelling because i can see that they are now "masteral" in abbreviation language. I hope that it will never be the official words in the future
• United States
27 May 08
I think that when it comes to text messages and casual IM'ing, abbreviations are ok. However, I get irked when you are on a discussion forum (whether it's MyLot or somewhere else) and people can't take the time to properly type out their thoughts. It almost seems to signify a lack of respect for the other participants.
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
You're right it is associated with respect.
@xixinha (141)
• Portugal
26 May 08
When i am text messaging i abbreviate everything and i think it is easier to read and it is faster to write
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
It's ok with the SMS messaging but not in a forum.
@suz1000 (159)
26 May 08
I have some people who text in such short 'code' i can barely read the text. I dont mind some abbreviations in text though, or the odd bit in a forum post, but it does rankle me when the whole post is abbreviated it actually takes me longer to read. And please dont send me an email with abbreviations in i find that rude, same stands for a letter.
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Yeah! I agree with you, this should not be use specially in email messages.
• United States
26 May 08
i always type full words and not abbreviate. i keep in that habbit because i believe that abbreviating words leads to communication loss. im forever trying to decipher what they are trying to say. so i stay in the habit of writing out everything the old fashioned way. that way there is no question as to what my meaning is. of couse your going to get people that wont extend the same consideration so you must learn thier strange language and learn to fit in among thier kind. im of course being sarcastic. but you get my point. english is beginning to become a lost art these days.
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
You're right! it's like raping the grammar.
@fluffysue (1461)
• United States
26 May 08
I will occasionally abbreviate certain things in texts and IMs, particularly texts as it is very hard to type on a cell phone. When I had a phone with a keypad I did spell everything out, now that one bit the dust and I had to go back to one without a keypad, and I find it so tedious. I cringe every time I type "U" for "you" or "r" for "are", or misspell a word to make it shorter, or leave out punctuation. But if I didn't, it would take all day and several messages to get the point across! I do spell out most words though. I do NOT like seeing abbreviated text in forums, emails, or anyplace else. I think it is awful that many people seem to think this is an acceptable form of communication. I was going to say "kids" think this, but even at work I received emails stating "Pls do X..thx", and some use "Brgds" in their email signature instead of "best regards". How lazy is that?
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
I agree..it should be limited to sending SMS. Well, i don't think it's laziness on the other hand but to do things in haste.
@longbangod (1786)
• Philippines
26 May 08
You are right Julie. While it is just okay to use abbreviations when sending text messages or when chatting, since it does help fasten the exchanges of messages, here in myLot, it should not be used. Not all people are aware of those words and could be misunderstood also. When I send text messages to my friends, sometimes I used abbreviations but when I am sending the message to my kids, I see to it that I use full words for them not be confused with the right spelling of the words..
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
I can forgive how the non-english speaking people uses the language but not those english speaking people twisted it in a forum like this. Children should be taught when and where to use abbreviations to avoid confusions and misunderstanding.
@raijin (10371)
• Philippines
26 May 08
I actually did those things when I was relatively new here, but only for a few postings. I realized that this is also a good opportunity to learn and exercise proper English, I know it helped me more ways even if I already know how to use and spell them already. Most of the times, I would rather use "text speak" through texting or SMS sending than practice them here. In my opinion, I believe those who does that here are either not yet familiar with the way things work here or that they are just too stubborn putting efforts at their work for they might be in a hurry to earn lots of money here!
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Maybe you're right in saying that they are all in a hurry just like we're in a hurry to send text in our celfone. But sometimes, the thought they're trying to convey makes no sense at all because the reader have a hard time decoding it.
@GardenGerty (125463)
• United States
26 May 08
You are right, there is an appropriate place for text speak. MyLot is not that space. I do not seem to have many friends who post in that way, so I do not see discussions written that way very often. I probably would skip them too.
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
26 May 08
I just noticed it not in my friends discussion but mostly from young members here. Don't you think it's just a generation gap? HA HA HA!
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
27 May 08
I hate abbreviations! These days it seems like every word had an abbreviation. I never use them. It takes me longer to decipher the abbreviation than it would take me to read a regular message without them. I don't even use them when I send text messages.
@subha12 (18449)
• India
27 May 08
yes, now there are lot more things taht words atre mainly abbreviated. i also use some. but i have seen in some cases i am not able to understand those abbreviated words at all. i feel disgusted.