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I Hate Txt Spk

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    To be blunt, txt spk hurts my eyes.  I can read it, but I do not like to.  More to the point, I think that it is utterly out of place anywhere BUT a phone's screen! Txt spk does not belong in handwriting (though a few phrases, such as brb I will reluctantly allow)Txt spk does...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 3, 2011

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    I Hate Txt Spk.

    What else can I say except that I weep for the death of language.
    leprechaunz leprechaunz 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 10, 2012

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    Like Fingernails On A Chalkboard....

    I have a new friend. We met at a dinner party recently, and really hit it off, so we exchanged phone numbers. She's local-ish, and I was super excited since local friends are few and far between for me. The next morning, I get a text from her. Just saying hi, and reinforcing...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 12 Responses Jan 19, 2012

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    Just Another " Hip " Way To Cover Up Bad Spelling.

    I have a tenth grade education and never was good in school anyway. You read any of my post's and you will find some word's spelled incorrectly. That's me !! I get some wrong but not enough to make you have to scratch your head wondering what I said. Now why would I want to do...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M Mar 25, 2012

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    It's Moving Into Academia?

    My brother's wife is an English teacher at a major university in the US. She says that a lot of the papers kids turn in these days is littered with this texting dw33bspeak. "R" instead of "are", "U" instead of "you" (my personal pet peeve)...it never ends. This is a very...
    kiuz645 kiuz645 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 9, 2010

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    Very Much

    I have no problems with txt spk in general. I mean, who wouldn't want to get the most out of their text message? But here's a couple of scenarios that **** me majorly off. Say a person sends you a message filled with txt spk. If it pushes the letter limit then fine, the dude...
    typeyourname typeyourname 16-18, M Jun 29, 2007

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    Miss, Idk How to Spl My Own Name

    As a teacher, i had to ban txt spk from all assignments. The kids get upset and say it takes too long to write out the whole word, but they can't even spell out the whole word! We are always in such a hurry and abbreviate everything nowadays. Its gotten so bad that I had a girl...
    eyes eyes 31-35, F 13 Responses Oct 17, 2007

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    Can't Stand It..

    There are many people like myself that just can't stand it. I like to type out/text out the full sentences. It can get to me if those around can't learn how to talk or write correctly. "txt tlk" can mess up how you spell, or so I have seen...
    SilverJackal SilverJackal 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2010

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    Really now. I don't mind

    if you are using text speak when you are actually on your phone, but I despise it when people text speak on the laptop/computer. Like seriously, you have a big keyboard in front of you. Why can't you just write the hole ******* word?
    ArcaneParadise ArcaneParadise 13-15 5 Responses Feb 10

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    Excuse Me While I Claw My Eyes Out.

    It gives me so much pain to see people deliberately misspell words. What was the point of all those spelling tests in school if you're just going to **** all over them now? I get that it'll save you space in a text message. But if what you have to say takes up that much room...
    spektor spektor 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 20, 2008

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    Illiteracy

    For one who lives in a non-English speaking country, and learns English not only by listening but also by writing the mostly acceptable form of the language's grammar/sentence, "Txt Spk" is definitely a distraction to achieving that goal. It ruins not only the spelling and the...
    ladyryan ladyryan 41-45, F 7 Responses Dec 28, 2011

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    I Loath Txt Speak.

    I really do loath TXT speak. It ****** me off. I always write properly. I hate it when people use it. What ****** me off even more is people that actually speak the TXT words. For example, instead of laughing they go, 'LOL'. I know a lot of people who do that. God it annoys me.
    CreedenceGold CreedenceGold 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 20, 2012

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    I Don't Bother If You Tlk Lyk Dez

    I cannot stand it, nor can I stand those who use it. If I have to tilt my head, squint my eyes, or just do some extra thinking to understand what you're saying, I won't even bother. You could be the president or you could be my mother, regardless of your importance, I WILL NOT...
    GiaJee GiaJee 13-15, F Mar 18, 2012

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    Maybe I'm Not Hip Enough

    I don't mind receiving long texts, as I prefer to have everything spelled out as it should be. I also don't care for useless texts and I prefer talking on the phone over texting when possible. I don't bother to text unless I really need to. I avoid texting things like-- "Sup...
    Anavi Anavi 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 21, 2012

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    Argh my brothers girlfriend does this

    and half of what she writes i don't understand and god when we are rowing well you have no chance in reading what she writes, my brother is the same its so annoying and lazy!!! x
    BrokenAngel35 BrokenAngel35 31-35, F Dec 15, 2013

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    Dont Call Me Duchess

    Call me old fashioned. I dislike text speak. I think the written word is much more attractive when standard language is used. The penchant amongst the young for short forms and acronyms is not only unattractive but can be almost unintelligible to all but the cognoscenti. A...
    Duchessforthright Duchessforthright 46-50 14 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    Less Is Not More

    My cousin used to send me emails that looked like hieroglyphs to me. He was using a french keyboard.I honestly reread so many times the little sentence.I sent him an email asking him to type normally because I couldn't understand.Writing txt me bk plz actually makes me think...
    Thepinkcoconut Thepinkcoconut 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 10, 2012

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    A Show Of Class

    The further back you go in time, the more elaborate languages were. It took several lines to simply say hello and show respect to the person who had encountered. "Greetings fair Maiden, it is with a humbled heart that I wish thee a good day." (as an example) As technology became...
    Falcran Falcran 41-45, M 2 Responses Oct 25, 2011

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    As Far As I'm Concerned, If You Can't Write

    You can't read.And you ought to be educated. And you're wasting my god damn time.When people text me like this, I don't text back.I understand using "OMG" and "IDK" we only get 160 characters on most phones so it's okay if you want to shorten your message or make it easier to...
    ClairLowry ClairLowry 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 21, 2011

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    Fair Warning

    My mother just got her first smart-device, a Nexus, and I made sure she was set up with a Google Voice account, primarily with the intentions of getting her to start texting and to make her more aware of the services Google provides (I run my life through Google and practically...
    mononoaware mononoaware 26-30, M Oct 16, 2012

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    I Just Dont Understand

    I know a ton of educated people who love to ask me: wat u doin?, where r u? oh and my new favorite gna. a shortened version of a shortened version of going to. where r u gna go? I hate this.
    nowherewoman nowherewoman 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 19, 2012

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    Yeah. This Is True.

    I understand the reason for it in certain situations, but not when someone is writing a story, or a letter or anything except a text message on a cell phone, where time and space matter. I do not see the reason some people think it is necessary or even okay, to do it at other...
    Serenitree Serenitree 70+, F 2 Responses Oct 21, 2012

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    Frustration With This Language

    This ridiculous typing language makes me wonder about the intelligence of some people. I hate when people text like that and my response to them is "Can you please use appropriate language in text? I doubt you type like this in your class papers."
    deeoneandonly deeoneandonly 18-21, M May 9, 2012

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    Why??

    Yeah, so I can understand the need for it when using a mobile. But, I also feel that 'Txt spk' is corrupting our language. More and more people are being 'converted' to the ways of 'txt spk'. It annoys me and other people I know. Why can't we leave the 'you' and 'be' as they were...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 27, 2007

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    Y U Nt Spk Lyk D Norml Ppl?! Y?!

    I find it annoying, that's all. And the seven totally precious seconds of your life that you try to save not typing like a normal person, I waste, TRYING to understand what the hell you're on about. It's not a cool situation. -.-
    IntoTheAbyss IntoTheAbyss 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 28, 2011

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    I Hate Txt Spk

    Let me start off by saying, im not a big fan of Txt speak. Heck, it took me a while to understand what lol and smh stood for, I thought they we're secret codes are something, laugh out loud. I think text speak is for people who are too lazy to spell the whole word out, now im not...
    JimMorrisonRocks JimMorrisonRocks 26-30, M Aug 27, 2012

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    On Here...

    I've come to one conclusion after seeing it so often here... If you use textspeak, you have absolutely nothing I'm even remotely interested in hearing. Odds are, you're also a ******* idiot to boot. Harsh? Maybe. But I also don't cotton well to having my intelligence insulted...
    Quadrophenic Quadrophenic 36-40, M 3 Responses Jun 28, 2008

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    Cell Phones Are The Worst Invention....in Terms Of Communication

    I remember when cell phones were the THING when I was in High School. Everyone wanted one including me when my best friend at the time, purchased one. Hers was very tiny, looked all sophisticated, sci-fi, and cool and stuff. The very first one I got, was this crappy prepaid dull...
    FashionQueen86 FashionQueen86 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 18, 2012

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    I Fear For The Future Of Written Communication

    Unfortunately, I can imagine a day sometime in the future when text speak will become the official language of some country. I don't want any part of such a future!
    SquarePeg61 SquarePeg61 46-50, M 2 Responses Jan 17, 2011

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    No Need To Type Text Speak On Here!

    The idea of shortening words is to save room because texts are limited so that's fine. Just don't do it on here because there's no need and it's bloody annoying! Thanks.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 21, 2011

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    I'm alright with txt spk, if you're actually using a cell (mobile) phone. I'm also alright with a typo here or there, or even people not knowing how to spell a word. But I hate it when someone wants to carry on a conversation with me in a chat room or messenger, using txt spk...
    O38OO2661677 O38OO2661677 36-40 Dec 3, 2012

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    Gooblygook

    I write in complete, well-formed sentences. I do not use text speak when sending written correspondence. I do not like text language even for texts. I do not and will not use U for you or R for are. That isn't the way I write.
    iwritebiographies iwritebiographies 41-45, F 7 Responses Apr 2, 2012

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    Wen Ppl Tlk Lik Ths. . .

    I find it quite annoying. Really, what is this world coming to? Too lazy to write out the full words? Come on people. I mean, MAYBE in an emergency it's okay. No no, that doesn't include you finally getting your nails done... -.-
    SongsFromTheSoul SongsFromTheSoul 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 6, 2012

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    Nothing More Annoying

    I dont know what it is about people that use text speak that gets me annoyed lol when did text speak become the norm? i feel like people have forgotten how to spell. i had my workers sending me work related emails with text speak and it used to really get me mad. How could i...
    breastlover81 breastlover81 26-30, M 22 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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    "text Speak" Is Forbidden In Your Papers

    I take the time to spell out my words in text messages and on paper. So imagine my surprise in my first college level English class, when he hands our papers back and he says to us, "And for future reference, 'text speak' is forbidden in your papers." I think my jaw hit the floor...
    stephybear90 stephybear90 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 24, 2012

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    I Am Guilty Of Lol

    That is seriously the only text speak i ever use on my phone or my computer. I always spell everything else out, text speak is so impersonal.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 14, 2010

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    Maybe It's Because Incorrect Spelling Drives Me Nuts

    but it drives me insane... I went out and bought a cell phone with a keyboard just so I could spell correctly when I text people now because it really was driving me crazy... Did you know there is a website to teach you the txt lingo??? I was amazed that someone had the time to...
    phidget phidget 31-35, F 3 Responses May 13, 2008

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    Is It Really That Hard To Spell Out The Full Word?

    Oh, nothing can annoy me more than text speak. I am pretty big about correct grammar, and it's like throwing that all away when speaking in a text lingo. Is it that difficult to spell "are" or "you". Oh, how about actually putting the H in "what" or the E in "text"? I mean I...
    SecretsofWillow SecretsofWillow 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2011

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    Text Speak: Bastardizing The English Language.

    Yay. Thankfully, I am not the only one with this strong dislike for texting language. Is it that difficult for them to use proper spelling and grammar? I find it sad that the English language has been reduced to such a state. Some people have no respect for the language at all...
    macabreprincess macabreprincess 18-21, F 2 Responses May 15, 2012

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    I Hate Txt Spk.

    I blve txt spk 2 b th strt of th dth of th lang. That would be very sad. I am able to say everything I want; to express feelings, share experiences and many other things. You can't do that with text speak. U cnt do tht wth txt spk. Which sentence makes more sense for you? For me...
    leprechaunz leprechaunz 56-60, M Jun 22, 2012

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    ::sigh::

    I agree that normal conventions of grammar and punctuation are not as important in electronic communication like texting, simply because the whole point is to communicate as efficiently as possible. But what do you accomplish if you sacrifice clarity for the sake of speed? Using...
    BookNerd BookNerd 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 28, 2008

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    Ugh

    It's before not b4. This isn't bingo
    taylorismex3 taylorismex3 16-17, M 1 Response Oct 2, 2013

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    I'm alright with txt spk, if you're actually using a cell (mobile) phone.  I'm also alright with a typo here or there, or even people not knowing how to spell a word. But I hate it when someone wants to carry on a conversation with me in a chat room or messenger, using...
    meowmeowface meowmeowface 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 24, 2007

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    What Are You Saying?

    Write English so I can understand, what the h***, you are writing!Because I really want to read your text messages and read about Your news/text. Please say with simple and less complicated!I don´t need that. I need to know, what you are writing and what you saying. It makes...
    FaroesePearl FaroesePearl 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 3, 2011

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    Grah!

    Yeah. It makes me mad. Read my recent (but not *most* recent) blog post about this.
    Elwing Elwing 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 15, 2008

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