Thursday, January 22, 2009

I Judge You...

...when you display poor grammer mannerz. (Yes, like the Facebook group.)

I have no problem with acronyms (omg, btw, fwiw, etc.) but when you get all "how r u" and substituting syllables with the number 8, it's like, wtf?

I feel a list coming on... Le sigh.

Anywayz, what are everyone's views on chatspeak? I have a theory that nobody is as bothered by it like I am. Le sigh x 10000000.


Khy said...

Chatspeak makes me want to rip my eyes out.

Anonymous said...

Oh, you are not alone.

Illiteracy is SO not hot.

Someone needs to send that on a postcard to Paris Hilton. If she could read it, that is. ;D

Adele said...

I hate it! I have read two books of late that have used chatspeak (Cruel Summer but minimally) and emoticons (Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, again minimally). I guess I am showing my age but it takes me out of the book.

Anonymous said...

Oh, well, I have embraced them, except for the shortened forms you mentioned, which I think were not a product of the internet culture but instead the phone culture before we had cell phones with QWERTY keyboards.

At least my friends and I don't sound like the folks at ONTD.

Alea said...

Hehe. One of our clients has a number in their name that replaces three letters. *eyeroll* :P

Unknown said...

I find it annoying and ignorant. If you ever see me going beyond the standard "lol", "brb", etc., know that it's meant ironically.

Genevieve said...

Gah! I hate it when people use chat speak. I find it fine with text messaging. But come on! How hard is it to spell out 'you' vs "u" or 'are' vs 'r' or 'for' vs '4' or 'before' vs 'b4', etc. I don't mind l33t because that has gamer roots. Yeah, and I totally don't mind the acronyms like OMG, WTF, FYI, etc. I tried to read a chat speak book a while ago but it was too hard. My head hurt!

sweetmelissa818 said...

My brother does it and it drives me crazy!

Anonymous said...

I HATE HATE HATE chatspeak with a passion. Yes, if your chatting. A huge no, no if you are leaving a comment on my blog or anywhere else. I have to read those comments ten times over before I understand what they are saying, if I even read it at all. It doesn't help that normal words are misspelled, punctuation horrible, and capitalization non-existent. It is scary to realize that an entire generation doesn't know how to write.

Amee said...

Well I had a response but Blogger is being mean so I'm just going to say...Ditto. ;)

Meredith said...

It bugs the crap out of me. I cannot stand it. I tried it for awhile, like maybe a week or two. And I just couldn't do it--it drove me crazy. So now, no matter what, I spell everything out. EVERYTHING!!

And it always bugs me when people cannot spell right.

Reader Rabbit said...

i h8 chatspk
ya know?

what the hell
my fingers are bleeding from typing that shit.

Basically, I agree. :)

Ink Mage said...

My fingers are hardly able to type in chatspeak. It's definitely not faster than normal typing for me. It takes too much work to sound so dumb!

Diana Dang said...

I judge too. The only time I don't mind it is when I'm chattin on MSN. Then my words get shortened like "skool" and so on. Generally anywhere else online, I write like I am in English class. Nothing annoys me more than improper English.

Anonymous said...

Outside of chat, chatspeak does not have a place. Even when texting, I'll try to write properly, but sometimes I'm forced to go back and edit due to character constraints.

But when someone leaves a comment on the blog using chatspeak, I debate at length whether to approve the comment or not. And it makes my eyes burn when I see it used in forums or even the occasional Amazon review.

In some cases, I do try to take mercy on people who I'm certain are only using it because they're visiting the site via their cell phone and may not have access to a full keyboard or are running short of time. But, still....

You are not alone in your judgment.

Sarah MacLean said...

I am embarrassed to say that I have taken to saying "O.M.G." aloud. When not texting. I don't know how it came...or when...but I say it way too much. It's my only version of 'chatspeak'...but i still cringe when i hear it coming out of my mouth!

Unknown said...

I used to hate it but I'm learning to embrace it (especially now that I use text messaging more often...otherwise it would take me an hour to type a three-sentence message). The one thing I will never allow myself to use is LOL (or any variation thereof--lolz, for instance). That one always makes my eyes bleed for some reason (though I know so many people who use it and if I like them, I forgive them for it). Of course, in my books, the kids are all about chatspeak. But that's just, you know, my characters being annoying--not me!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of the chatspeak -- which is partially why it takes me so long to reply to texts! This is a source of infinite annoyance for my boyfriend. But I just CANNOT bring myself to write "K, C U SOON!" I feel like I'm 12. And we didn't even HAVE cell phones and AIM when I was 12! :)

cindy said...

i totally am bothered by it. it boggles my mind. BUT i am old. haha! and i attributed it to that. ha!

Paradox said...

I don't really do any more than lol, omg, or a few other acronyms. If I'm not, I'm probably trying to insult someone or make a joke. A lot of chatspeak just makes you look uneducated or young. And the typos, lack of capitalization, and awful punctuation (or the lack of it)... *shiver* <---But I love the words in asterisks.

But I'm fine with emoticons/smileys. You'll see me using them fairly often. :)

L33t is okay in the right context.

But normal chatspeak... I don't even use it when I'm chatting. It just goes against all the rules embedded in my mind for writing.

Hillary said...

Only when I'm texting on my phone. Even with AIM I type things out completely. But I agree, it's pretty annoying.

stargirlreads said...

your fab friday is posted!!!

Gay said...

On Twitter, sometimes it is the only way to go, but otherwise, I think it's not only NOT a sin, but even admirable to use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. It shows that you didn't waste your time in school, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

I don't think using them is necessarily dumb. I think they are just being lazy. Although if people will get used to using them, they might forget how to actually spell.

What I don't get though is why some people put a "z" after lol. What does laugh out loudZ mean?

Anonymous said...

I don't mind chatspeak so much, I just don't like over using it, it's irritating.

A.S. King said...

It drives me bonkers - especially if overused. What worries me/bugs me more is lazy speak. This week, someone told me they had a "sor thot." Now, I knew what it meant, but it really shouldn't be about me having to figure it out. As a literacy teacher, I know scores of people who would chop off their left arm to have the skills and education to spell correctly, so lazy spelling irks me to no end.

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