Chaucer vs. Text Messages

I have a bit of a beef with text message abbreviators these days. With the advent of T9, autocorrect, and phones with full keyboards, what possible reason could anyone have to still use “u” for “you,” “2” for “to” or “too,” “ttyl” for “talk to you later,” or any other abbreviation? (“Lol” has practically become its own word at this point, so I’ll leave that one alone for now.) I generally try to use full sentences with correct grammar and punctuation in my texts, unless I’m really in a hurry. But I’d say I’m only in a hurry about 10% of the time that I’m texting. It just drives me a little crazy to have to decipher abbreviations because honestly, they make texts harder to read! One of the (many) things that I love about Andrew is that he always uses full sentences in his texts–and he still has a Motorola Razr with no keyboard or T9. So he has more reason to use abbreviations than most, but he doesn’t, because they’re annoying and difficult to read.

Gimme some good ol’ Chaucer and Middle English any day. None of this texting BS.

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3 thoughts on “Chaucer vs. Text Messages

  1. “(“Lol” has practically become its own word at this point, so I’ll leave that one alone for now.)”

    Fun fact: lol is actually a word in Dutch. It’s a noun that means ‘fun’. ‘lol hebben’ means ‘to have fun’, ‘lollig’ means funny… I don’t know, people are always surprised when I tell them this so I thought I’d add it here!

  2. Couldn’t agree more. I got it at some level when all you had a was a numbered keypad, but with full keyboards and as much space as you need, why would you use substitutions like that. I don’t get it.

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