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Txt Speak wl kill us all…. Innit?

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I dnt no how, bt da english lang is well nd trly dead. It seems it is kool to leave lettas out of wrds. It sves a hape of time………

The word great has five letters in it. In txt speak, it appears as gr8. This is leaving out three letters. I’ve timed it. It takes exactly a half a second to type the letters eat in that word. That leaves you a half a second to do what? Nothing, that’s what. A half a second is not even enough for a breath, let alone leave you a “hape of time.” This bastardisation of the english language is all over the media. Receiving  a text message from a friend or a relative usually makes me smile, as I like talking and conversing with people. However, sometimes it makes me sad and angry. Example:

“Hey, wt time u headin out at? I may gt sum yokes n town 1st. Da dg nds fud nd wata. Meet ya n da square?”

Call me old, but I had to read that message three times. Twice out loud just so I could get my head around it. What is the trouble with using full english? It does not require a great amount of time or effort. Let’s be fair here. We have been speaking, listening and hearing to this language since we were knee high to a grasshopper. I will admit, the society that the kids are evolving into these days is very fast paced, disposable and ultimately helpless.

Which is also why I have never bought a phone in my life. The first phone I ever recieved was from my cousin. My second phone was a throaway my sister didn’t want, because it “didn’t have Wap on it dough.” My current phone is a Nokia 3210. A phone that I inherited from an ex. Which was the only benefit I recieved from the relationship. At least the phone works and doesn’t make me want to cut my own face off.

I refuse to buy a new phone until these things happen:

1. The phone I have ends up falling into an irretrievable pit of fire. Or failing that, it breaks.

2. They invent a phone that has  a Breville sandwich maker attached to the end.

3. Phones give happy endings.

In all reality, the first one will be the reason for me forking out money on a new one. Sadly.

Please do what you can to encourage proper use of english language. Take the time to type great into a text message. Please, a little goes a long way.

Tnx 4 tkin da time 2 read dis. Mch Luv,

The Panch

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Written by thepanch

February 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

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  1. you’re great 🙂

    Christine Bolger

    February 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

  2. you spelled receiving wrong chap. I agree with you 100% though. you should have added in another bit about phones that finish your sentences! How much feckin time are people trying to save anyway? Its the very people who complain about being bored that use these non-sense text facilities too!

    Ian Davin

    February 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

  3. I 100% agree, and direct you to mine own similar rant

    http://rickbockwinkle.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/a-triumvirate-of-bastardry/

    Rick Bockwinkle

    February 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

  4. Spelling messages rectified.

    And Rick, again, great blog. Never fails to amuse and enlighten.

    thepanch

    February 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm

  5. Are we allowed to use internet speak though? ’cause it’s fun in a dorky way… Old phones FTW!

    Ursula

    February 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm

  6. I have no idea what internet speak is. But if it involves cutting letters, then Homie doesn’t roll that way!

    thepanch

    February 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm

  7. ‘Internet speak’ and it’s sister – ‘txtspk’ are the worst. My motto in life is I’d rather shoot myself in the face than ‘lol’. I mean, you’d have to be retarded.

    Good observations, I often have to read messages or emails several times too before I understand whats going on.

    Also: I know I got this link about 5 days ago, but I bookmarked it and then forgot to read it. Oops.

    Claire Hunt

    February 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm


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