old-fashioned (or a stickler for Associated Press style guidelines), but I must
confess to having a hard time accepting the new language being used everywhere that
I call "tweet-speak." This rushed, cryptic code does little to enhance
understanding, enlist support and influence change. In my humble opinion (or
IMHO for you text-aficionados), its only useful purpose is locating your
friends in a crowd.
Whr u at?
Lev 1 r 2?
C u in 5.
that require full, spelled out nouns, subjects, verbs, prepositional phrases,
adjectives and other grammatical tools that enhance meaning aren't suited for
tweet-speak. Although they're not likely to read it because it contains *gasp*
actual paragraphs, I'm writing this post for a few of my friends who insist on
conducting involved conversations via text. Try as I might, I cannot think of universally
understood abbreviations for such feelings as apathy or irritation. (Hmm. Meh?
Grrr? See, even those like me who try their best to resist tweet-speak can
easily fall prey.)
To them, I'd like
to text KIO (or knock it off)!
Give your thumbs a
rest and call me. Better yet, find a real keyboard, lose the 140-character
limit and email me. That way I can read and respond to your confessions, rants
or random observations when it suits, not when you interrupt my search for a
perfectly ripe cantaloupe at the grocery store. Just please, please stop making
me interpret nonsensical text like "Hd bst sp at Ac. Wnt rec...do u hav?"
Have you decoded
this message yet?
I had to call my
friend to find out what the heck she wanted. It turns out "she had the best
soup EVER at the Acapulco Mexican restaurant and wanted the recipe, which she
thought I might already have obtained."
Together we spent
at least 20 minutes getting to the bottom of that urgent mystery. She could
have spent 30 seconds sending me an email that I could have spent another 30
seconds answering. Twenty minutes of "convenient" tweet-speak or one minute of
written dialogue involving actual words and punctuation.
There is a lot of noise out there too where people just say a random thing in a lame attempt to get attention. Sometimes it's just best to ignore those too.
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