Text Talk

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  1. The talk of the texts! Do you understand it?


    If you have a cell phone and texting abilities, then you know all about this crazy! Abbreviating words in order to make talking to each other dead easy!

    Do you find yourself doing the same thing? Even If you don't have a cell phone, do you type that way as well?

    I wanna knw cuz you guys r my frnds.

    kthanx. <3
  2. Yup, I do it all the time.

    It's fun and makes the conversations fun.

    Lol. <-------Doing it right now and i'm not even sending a text.
  3. Wellllllllllll sometimes it gets annoying!

    I just do the : ROFL, LOL, LMAO. But that's about it
  4. HA! i wrote paper on this shit!! D< LIKE IN COLLEGE N SHIT!

    FOR LOLZ (open)
    Think B4 U Type: What R U Trying 2 Say?

    IMing and txt msnging r 2 big “trends” that have been appearing in teenagers’ vocab & daily speech as of l8t. Thru IMing and txt msnging, kids r able 2 communicate w/ each other w/o having 2 worry about writing everything out completely. Thru SH and acronyms, txt tlk (or chat lingo), as the SH has been called, has begun 2 appear in their everyday lives, sneaking in2 papers & everyday speech w/o them even realizing. Acronyms such as: LOL, OMG, BRB, TTYL, AFK; & new SH such as: u, r, cuz, &, 2 (the list 4 both goes on). It’s time 2 put a stop 2 this silliness!

    (Well, now that that’s out of the way, time for a translation!)

    Instant Messaging and text messaging are two big “trends” that have been appearing in teenagers’ vocabulary and daily speech as of late. Through instant messaging and text messaging, kids are able to communicate with each other without having to worry about writing everything out completely. Through short hand and acronyms, text talk (or chat lingo), as the short hand has been called, has begun to appear in their everyday lives, sneaking into papers and every day speech without them even realizing. Acronyms such as: Laugh Out Loud, Oh My Gosh, Be Right Back, Talk To You Later, Away From Keyboard; and new short hand such as: you, are, because, and to (the list for both goes on). It’s time to put a stop to this silliness!

    Imagine if you were a teacher, or even a college professor, and received a research paper that was riddled with text talk, such as the above example; you might scratch your head and wonder “huh? What are these kids talking about?” However, according to an article written by Chandra Hayslett, administrators, teachers, and even businesspeople are finding that chat lingo is beginning to appear in formal writing and
    assignments; this new trend is believed to be detrimental to the student’s minds (Hayslett 1).

    Obviously, text talk has some affect on one’s grammar, but at the same time, some individuals find that this new chat lingo has a good affect on writing; such as Leila Christenbury, professor of English education at Virginia Commonwealth University, who was quoted by Lori Aratani:
    “In some ways, [IM] is an English teacher’s dream because it’s using writing for a real purpose, towards a real audience, and that’s something we always struggle with in a classroom” (Aratani A01).

    Before going further into the topic, though, it would be best to answer the question: What is instant messaging and text talk/chat lingo?

    According to Amanda O’Connor, instant messaging is “a form of computer “chat” that allows one to have a real time, typed “conversation” with one or more “buddies” while connected to the internet” (“Instant Messaging…”). Text talk, or chat lingo as I like to call it, is the term that came about while text messaging on phones. Abbreviations for words or small phrases, such as LOL (laugh out loud), BRB (be right back), u (you), b4 (before), and cuz (because), are examples of text talk.

    As aforementioned, the affects that instant messaging and text talk have on an individual’s grammar are debated both ways. Those in favor of the text talk claim that it helps students understand the language and engages them in “more traditional learning” (O’Connor). It’s also argued that instant messaging is creating a new age of adolescent writers, able to translate their thoughts and feelings more easily into words; it was found that teenagers now are writing more than “any generation has since the days when telephone calls were rare and the mailman rounded more than once a day” (qtd. in O’Connor).

    Those against text talk claim that chat lingo slipping into language will result in sloppy, inaccurate, writing (Anderson). An example would be a correspondence received by Jeff Stanton, an associate professor at Syracuse University that read:

    “Hi prof how are u culd u tell me my xm grade-tim” (Aratani A01). Even seventh graders will admit that instant messaging lingo has had an influence on their language. Take Siara Watson, from Riverwatch Middle School in Suwanee, who was quoted:

    “I think it’s definitely influenced language. You know how it is in middle school, there’s groups that are the popular kids and groups that are the dorky kids. So if the popular kids are doing it, then everyone is going to be doing it” (Kloer 1).

    From my own standpoint, I have to agree more with those who tend to be against the internet lingo. Even from personal experience, I can say that the internet slang does have an affect on our daily grammar. I can recall walking through my high school halls, and overhearing snippets of conversation where chat lingo would be brought in such as:

    “OMG! Did you hear what (so and so) did last night?”
    “LOL! That is so funny!!”
    “BRB I have to go to my locker.”

    Needless to say, it was not only discouraging but unnerving! After all, that was high school!

    An article written by Jennifer Lee in The New York Times quotes a professor who states that “teenagers have essentially developed an unconscious “accent” in their typing. They have gotten facile at typing and they are not paying attention” (Lee 01). The article even quoted students admitting to using chat lingo in their papers:
    “I have an hour to write an essay on Romeo and Juliet. I just wanted to finish before my time was up. I was writing fast and carelessly. I spelled ‘you’ ‘u’” a Montclair High School student was quoted (Lee 01).

    Even talking to my roommate, evidence of text talk slipping unconsciously into our language (spoken and written) was apparent. When we were discussing the use of Internet lingo and grammar, she told me she noticed a few years ago that she was beginning to use chat lingo in her writing assignments.

    She explained that she used to “instant message” a lot, and happened to notice that when she was writing a paper she would replace you with “u,” why with “y,” and various other common text talk acronyms, in her papers. Luckily, she was able to look over her work to catch her mistakes, but the mere fact that those short-hand abbreviations happened to slip unconsciously into her paper is enough to be alarming.

    The informal writing has slipped into school work and everyday language, but it is also appearing in the business world! Say you are an employer looking to hire. Going through the job applications, you come across one that reads something along the lines of:
    “I want 2 b a counselor because I love 2 work with kids”
    What would your impression of this individual be? That just happened to be what a father saw on his 15-year old son’s summer job application (qtd. in O’Connor)! I doubt that the employer who looked over the application was impressed by such a grammatical show, even if the rest of his résumé was superb.

    CEO of Killian and Co. Bob Killian was quoted by Chandra Hayslett, that he received a multitude of résumés, from “college graduates” who couldn’t write. So many résumés fell into the “bad” category that he said he would “publish a book of the 200 worst samples” (Hayslett 1).

    “I have dozens of cover letters that illustrate any number of problems with spelling and grammar,” he continues, “IM-ing is just the latest fad in the wrinkle of things that can go wrong. You should be shocked and amazed, but you aren’t anymore,” (Hayslett 1).

    Instant messaging is a rising fad, and more than likely new acronyms and short hand abbreviations will continue to flood the youth of the nation. Controversy of whether or not this ‘internet lingo’ has a negative affect on grammatical use will, like most other issues, continue to flourish. However, I will still stand firm that instant messaging, and its lingo, is a detriment to our written and spoken language.

    We’ve all heard the sayin’ “Think b4 u speak.” This case might b “Think b4 u type!” Keep that 1 in mind. After all, SH like this is common in IMing and txt msging; & most teenagers don’t even register that they r typing informally (like this) when they should b typing formally! So, again I say, “Think b4 u type!”

    (In conclusion now, once again, it’s time for a translation!)

    We’ve all heard the saying “Think before you speak.” This case might be “Think before you type!” Keep that one in mind. After all, short hand like this is common in instant messaging and text messaging; and most teenagers don’t even register that they are typing informally (like this) when they should be typing formally! So, again I say, “Think before you type!”

    Though I do understand text/IM lingo/chat. Yes there is a time and place for it, but still...and my paper is refering simply to the possible negative impact that text/chat lingo can have on formal writing. It's fine to use that stuff elsewhere IMHO....LOLZ
  5. I actually find it harder to type like that. I have to think a lot more on how to do it than I do typing regularly. I fully type out everything when I text :x
  6. I agree with Layne, I actually have to think about typing poorly. I would have to force myself to exclude an apostrophe or comma or something! And really, a lot of the "abbreviations" aren't really that abbreviated - how much harder is it to type "you" than "u?!" I just think the English language should be respected.
  7. I'm like most of the others. I write just about everything out. I do use the "lol" "lmao" and such, like Doxa. It's easier than writing out "I find that funny" and "You make me laugh".

    They obviously don't mean that, but people know what they imply. Most other abbreviations aren't really worth using, for me.
  8. I honestly type everything out.
    And the only abbreviations I ever use are "OMG" , "WTF", and "FK" [[I just like that better.]]

    When it comes to jokes..I never use 'lol' I always go 'Haha'
  9. There's just some I don't do. Like "jk". :/

    Also, if I get 'K' as response in a text, CONVERSATION OBLITERATED.


  10. 'lol' is just one the abbreviations I dislike because I've talked to people who
    either use more than one in a text..
    put it just to enhance the conversation..
    or something is not really funny.

    That's what kills it for me.
  11. If you're talking about something serious..Like going to the hospital and you get 'Lol I'm sorry.' as a response from someone..

  12. Kids who I knew in High School..Nuff said.

    *kicks the chatters out*

    gtfo kthanx bai.
  14. Okay! I think talking like that is stupid. I am known to do 'lol' but that's when I'm just trying to brush something off or not really laughing all.. ironic since it means 'laugh out loud'. Anywho, I rarely use text talk.
  15. I used to text a LOT more, now I rarely respond. I'm the worst at that...which is weird cause I have unlimited texting.

    I actually never used 'lol' and ': )' type things until I became an internet person about three years ago, up until that point I thought it was really stupid...now I do it too much.
  16. I tend to use text-talk and abbreviations a lot, especially when I am chatting with someone, as they make communication a lot faster. This is especially important in strategy games where I have to get my message across quickly. But if I am not in a hurry, I try to respect the grammatical rules of English (and Hungarian), especially the latter. I sometimes use abbreviations when outside of chat, but almost never in text messages.
  17. I don't really use text-talk. While growing up I didn't really have access to the internet and such, so I spent most of my childhood reading. It wasn't really until a couple of years ago when my parents and I moved to where we live today that I discovered that there was something called text-talk. So now I have a tendency to write out my texts instead of using text-talk because it's what I'm used to.
  18. I hate text talk with a passion -_- Even if I have to make my texts absurdly long, I will do them while spelling every single thing out and using proper punctuation. I don't even use "lol" I always say "haha" or something because I hate using the abbreviations. (Although when I'm playing video games, I might type LOLLL" if something ridiculous happens.
  19. I used to use text talk all the time, (lyk tlking with da #s) but then my brother yelled at me and was like "Hey! I have no idea what you're saying to me!" And so I stopped. Also, highschool I went all OCD-Grammar Police, because I was trying to read someone's english paper and it was horrible.

    I still use 'lmao', 'lol', and 'lshidmtamsfo' (xD) thought ^^
  20. There is a reason text talk came about though. It's just another form of short-hand, which is actually quite useful if you think about it. Now a days we have recorders, computers, and all this fancy schmancy technology stuff. back in the days if you were to communicate with someone via say the first 'electronic' telegraph or something short hand would come in great handy for getting the point across. It is a useful tool for transcript as well. If you don't have a recorder or something like that recreating an entire say lecture or important doctor note or something from just one go would prove quite difficult. Thus short hand is quick and increases speed a person can transcribe.

    really text talk is just another form of short hand. And as my paper stated there CAN be potential GOOD for using text-talk in some cases for expression during writing. Now texting and IM chatting are two different things too. As you have limited spacing when texting usually so shortening things comes in handy. As for IM'ing we are an era that likes things fast and instantly (hence IM) so shortening things is our way of increasing the efficiency of saying what we want in as fast a way as possible. Some people are just fast typers on a keyboard but if you have difficulty with it then short hand may simply be easier. I mean think of the cbox soemtimes if you take the time to type out lengthy messages in full just to avoid using text talk then by the time you get your message posted it's already irrelevant! (I've had this happen).

    / playing devils advocate