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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 case in point was a sympathy note on the passing of a loved one written by an older and well meaning friend who misunderstood youthful text speak and concluded with 'lol'.

She would have been mortified to know that she had ended her message with laughing out loud instead of her intended lots of love.

More profound however is the growing phenomenon of a generation growing up with text speak unable to write essays and more serious works in the standard language expected of them.

Duchessforthright
Duchessforthright Duchessforthright 46-50 13 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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I agree, my daughters best friend is a literature professor, she says the students work has never been so painful to read, I fear it will only get worse!

well you should learn because this time everyone does and yes if you think that way sometimes men easilly think you are boring so try to be modern sometimes though i myself feel so hard when i cannot decipher text messages and later learn to know them,ha,ha,ha

I'm trying to learn..now there is 'YOLO' ...You only live once..;) thank you for commenting.

ha,ha,ha see you know somethings its ok im sure now they think you are geek and very interesting too?

I'm actually quite well read ;) ( pssst, I have 8 nephews and 1 niece- all young adults ) I'm their Facebook neighbourhood watch;)

really well good for you at least you know alot of thing about kids...

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I think I still qualify as being part of "the young" and I avoid text speak. It was needed when phones made you use the number keys to send messages. It was such a pain. But, I do like to spell things out. May fav is Boulevard instead of Blvd. Which, "Blvd" I believe is not an abbreviation from my generation. So, you guys had your own "text speak". Mr., Ms., U.S., Capt ...

I don't like text speak either.

Rarely have I seen such unanimity in people's replies as here! I agree with everything!

Tell me about it! I'm only 23 and I'm am often times totally confused about what people are saying or trying to say to me in text speak. I also get really apprehensive about the way people are decoding my text messages, so when I have something actually important to say I prefer to get together, call, skype or at the very least email, so there's no confusion.

It is an entirely different language, I agree;0)

Tell me about it! I'm only 23 and I'm am often times totally confused about what people are saying or trying to say to me in text speak. I also get really apprehensive about the way people are decoding my text messages, so when I have something actually important to say I prefer to get together, call, skype or at the very least email, so there's no confusion.

I use text speak only when dealing with the younger generation, but mostly I use standard spelling, just to show that it doesn't really take any longer. It's just laziness to me.

As long as you are able to revert to normal language, that is a plus;0)

I agree totally with you. Words have a beauty. And the tendency now is to butcher them and package them in a few letters often recognizable only to a fast, technology-wise generation of young people. Even your use of words; for example, penchant and mortified is not common. Different generations speak different ways; I prefer our language to textspeak. Do they know or even care of the elegance of Dickens or classical writers? I think not....It is their loss.

Yes. I wonder if they even care;0(

I've received resumes written in text speak believe it or not; complete with cover letters written all in lower case.<br />
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Into the garbage they go. I will say that I make the judgment that anyone that is too lazy to click on an icon called "spell check" is probably lazy in general.

I agree. But I also do not use spellcheck. I wait for my friends on EP to correct me. My personal emails are quite mind boggling. I'm lazy then..a few on EP knew this haha.

I thought LOL meant "Lost Our Luggage"<br />
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I have a more serious issue than text speak...Auto-correct!

Yes, the Auto-correct drives me insane too;0( Or should I rephrase that..further... insane? :0)

Oh no! I've been LOLing too but, thought it mean lost our lunch... I was vomiting...they thought I was laughing?

I totally agree, I can't learn with text speak. I ignore messages in text speaks. OMG (oops)

oops LOL

Me too. I use LOL alot..does that mean we are related? haha

I'm in my twenties and I really hate text speak. I think it just murders the language.

It sure does. My 8 nephews and one niece know my preference. Or else, they are out of my WILL haha.

I see we are in agreement here, another younger person who says "If you can't type it right, don't bother trying to type it!"