Easily Avoidable Abbreviations

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  1. nvlddmkm

    nvlddmkm Banned

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    I can't for the life of me figure out why people use texting abbreviations on the internets especially when we all use full keyboards and access the net with a computer and not a cell phone. Now, I'm sure some folks access the boards via phone and that is understandable. But is it really so hard to actually take the quarter to half second to actually type out the entire word when you have a full keyboard and probably crude typing skills? Or is it that people have gotten to the point that looking like an illiterate fool who cannot spell is considered cool? Or is there something I'm just missing here? Is the actual word "you", Your, You're, etc. so hard to type? Is looking illiterate/lazy/downright stupid a cool thing now?

    Edit: This is directed at those that live in countries that speak English as a native language.
     
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  2. Stromgold

    Stromgold Maha Guru

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    I usually don't abbreviate when I'm using a keyboard, but when texting on my phone I do. Not that I really see anything wrong with abbreviating in forums or anything. It isn't like we are writing a formal essay or anything. :p

    Although, for some reason, I almost always use the abbreviation "ppl" instead of typing out the word. It's just a habit I think.
     
  3. nvlddmkm

    nvlddmkm Banned

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    u no, I wuz jst crs wi ppl typ wat smz lik ths when it is so much, if not easier just to write the whole words. Sure I abbreviate some words, that's just the nature of the technology we use. But words that contain three, four, or five letters are abbreviated. Makes me wonder about folks, u no? LOL
     
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    Stromgold Maha Guru

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    heheh, yeah, I get what you are saying. I agree with you that when ppl abbreviate nearly everyword, it is a bit irritating to read. :nerd:
     

  5. must_kill_ati

    must_kill_ati Maha Guru

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    One of my college English professors and I had lengthy discussions on this very topic.
    Her opinion (man, talk about ranting...she'd go on forever about it) was that it was something that the generations that grew up without computers were going to have to get used to. It's always been a young persons world, nothing about that will ever change.
    She related it to her mother ranting and raving about her going out on a date in the late 1950's without a chaperone. Even worse to her mother was all the harlots that stayed out past 10 p.m. on a weekend night.
    I personally think it's unbecoming for anyone in the aforementioned agegroup (people who grew up without the internet) to abbreviate every other word when they don't have to, but my parents couldn't stand my hippie hair down to my shoulders.

    It's a new world - for every generation... someday the abbreviators will loathe the fact that the generation after them can't type.
     
  6. Doug

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    I HATE IT! On online games it seems to be only the Brits who say 'wot, m8, u,' etc. It makes me embarrassed to be English seeing the pure idiocy the majority of us demonstrate >< Even little things like saying 'your' instead of 'you're'. Using 'f' instead of 'th' e.g. 'i fink ur hackin m8!' ... God it makes my blood boil.

    I saw a survey that showed women prefer a guy who texts with proper English rather than uses stupid childish abreviations for every other word.
     
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    Would you guys like some light Sunday afternoon LULZ?
     
  8. Zapmaster

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    I don't have problem with it at all on MSN, where people are typing long sentences fast, or games, it's just the forums that annoy me. If you are asking for help show some respect and type correctly and best to your abilities, otherwise it looks to me like you don't even care that people are trying to help you by making them waste their time and effort deciphering your mess. Personally I just pass over those threads even if I can help.
     
  9. nvlddmkm

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    exactly!!!!!
     
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    PuddingWagon Maha Guru

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    I refrain from using those horrible abbreviations even when I'm texting unless I'm really out of space. Any time you have access to a full keyboard there is no excuse to use stupid abbreviations (proper ones are fine if they are used correctly). If you want to type something fast, then learn how to type fast.

    *extra grammar/language rant*
    "I COULDN'T care less" is the way to say you do not care about a topic. It is NOT 'I could care less'. I've seen this so many times over the past week and it just really gets to me.
     
  12. Chouji

    Chouji Ancient Guru

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    I used to type with u, and ur, y, ect.
    But while typing up a high school exam paper a few years back, i carelessly left alot of those abbreviations in it, and had to rewrite the exam only getting 60% of my grade. So with an A paper i was lucky to get a D. Which i talked my way up to getting a C.

    Since then i don't use abbreviations like that anymore. I'll still use LoL, or BRB. But i don't use w8 for wait, or ur for your anymore.
    I learned my lesson, just now it drives me nuts when i see other people do it.
    I'm not a grammar nazi, but i will correct someone who does it, eventually they'll get so annoyed at me for correcting them, they'll either stop talking or start typing properly
     
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    theres nothing wrong with lol, lmao brb etc...
     
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    Sparx Maha Guru

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    brb going afk m8
     
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    There is something wrong with 'lol'. Especially when people end every single one of their sentences with it. It just looks stupid.
     

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    Yeah, they are so commonly used, that it's a part of teh internetz:p Personally, I've got nothing against those words, but still I don't use them.


    Oh, wait I do. I usually use BTW and BRB.:wanker:
     
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    It becomes a habit if you keep using those words and then you can't stop...
    Even while writing formal letters, you start to write in sms language...man i had a big problem with my english paper because i didn't notice what i was writing down in my essay...
    don't use them anymore though...other than an occassional lol, brb, etc..
     
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    i dont really see the problem. It depends what context someone is talking in. Like if i want to start an argument or a real discussion. But if its over like say hockey teams then being like OMG PENS FTW!11 isnt bad. You just have to get used to it. The only thing that annoys me is when an English speaking person cant use there, their, and they're
     
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    Well i don't think i could get use to people saying OMG Pens FTW11 lol
     
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    i know people that actually say LOL instead of typing it. it doesnt bother me , instead i think of it as slang language. people make up the weirdest things nowadays.
    i mean "to Google" is even a verb now.
     

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