I thought it was just me till my friend from across the ocean emailed me this rant. He cleaned it up for me to post here but it does not lose its point…or hilarity!
I am a reasonable man, most of the time, and it takes a lot to provoke me to anger. However, one thing guaranteed to send me into a paroxysm of splenetic fury, is text speak. Oh, how I loathe it, and I wish paralysis of the thumbs on those who use it. English is a rich and beautiful language. It doesn’t deserve to be reduced to lines of gibberish that can only be deciphered if you have access to the Rosetta Stone.
Yesterday morning, my wife posted the following on a popular social networking site:
To which her friend — a fully grown up, adult woman with two young children — replied (complete with the spurious capital letter):
get a lge cuppa dwn u and u’ll b top of the Morning mun x
Anyway, In future, I have decided have to answer all such messages using vowels only. So, the next time anyone sends me a message in text speak, they can expect a reply like this: u o ou iieae iio.
And if you’d like to decipher what it says, the missing consonants, in the order they are used, are: F, C, K, F, F, Y, L, L, T, R, T, D, T.
Hilarious, right? I only have one thing to add:
Now the text speak above is not really so bothersome to me. What makes me want to scream is the substituting of letters instead of just typing the English word like ‘iz’ for ‘is! ‘ F’ing REALLY?????
Most people I know abbreviate to save time, so what is the significant save time in iz, or becuz, or dayz? It wouldn’t bother me if these brilliant hits came from teenagers but these are my FB friends who are the same age as I iz! F’ing Really????
I don’t like it when I get text from ‘old’ friends and it is full of U’s , 2’s, and R’s spell that isht out…oops, that slipped.