Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cn u rd ths?

By Maggie

Okay, I admit it. I use a LOT of abbreviations when I text. My younger daughters laughingly say I use more than most teenage boys. However, my oldest daughter texted back today that she couldn't understand all of my message. Would I please just spell it out? Sure. It just takes longer. And to me---texting is all about speed. I purposely keep my text messages short. If a message needs details, then I email. And I never use abbreviations in my emails. Well. . .hardly ever. :)


Maybe it's because I'm a professional writer. I use words for a living. Words are in my head all the time. And they have sounds. Maybe I just think of words phonetically. So writing a text message is a challenge, sort of. How can I shorten it and still be understood. And, I might add, I only text family members, and some friends. Never, ever business associates. Communication in the crazy world of publishing is hard enough using complete sentences. I don't even want to think of the mistakes that could be made with texting.


Now, I'm wondering if I'm the only one who pushes abbreviations to the limit. Here are a couple of texts to my daughters recently.

"@LAX on way 2 Vegas frm LA. How wz yr wkend?" ---or--- "B thr b4 u no it."


Do you find them easy to understand or difficult? Feedback? And please share some of your own "texting tales."





21 comments:

Dru said...

I can understand most of the abbreviated texting that I get.

I'm just now texting and I spell out everything which is why when I reply to a text, I get 2+ text replies while I'm still writing the first reply.

Kaye said...

I could understand it. You must be a whiz at it by now.

Katie said...

I've been texting for awhile...but never ever use text abbreviations. I cannot stand them actually.

Lover of Books said...

I understood both your texts. I do not try to abbreviate much unless I can help it. Or it's a normal one like I'll or It's. I love having the ability to text.

Krista

Juanita said...

When my mom fist started texting, she sent a message that said "lum" to both me and my sister. When I called to ask what the heck she was saying, she was surprised we couldn't figure it out - "love you much." It's now become our family's phrase.

Yours were easy to understand, but I always spell out my words when I'm texting.

signlady217 said...

I don't text, but yours were easy to understand. (I'm a former high school teacher, so over the years I've become used to trying to decipher words/handwriting.) I'm worried that since a lot of people already have trouble spelling that text abbreviations are just going to make a bad situation worse!

tarajo said...

my daughter and i text almost constantly, but other than the usual LOL and OMG we do not really use abbreviations like U or 2 or 4 for the real words.

Meljprincess said...

I find them easy to understand. I abbreviate sometimes but most of the time I spell everything out. Gives me texting practice! *g*

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Jeanne C. said...

There is only one person I text with and that is my 15 year-old son. He abbreviates. I do not. He says it takes me too darn long to send one message!

Andrea C. said...

I understand your texts (probably because I love words too) although I try not to abbreviate too much in texts. I am a high school English teacher and I witness first hand how the world of texts has affected my students writing, so I guess I feel the need to set a good example! LOL!

Bookworm Princess said...

I can understand "text speak" although being the person that I am I do not abbreviate unless I run out of character space.

This is why Twiiter and I are not friends :-)

Vicki said...

I used to text hubby before we were married, but now I don't text anyone. I love email or IM'ing tho because I can type fast on a regular keyboard!

Melissa Eiselein said...

Abbreviated text messages drive me batty. To me, it's a lazy way to write. But that's probably because I don't send text messages.

The only abbreviated text messages that I enjoy getting are from my 70-year-old father. YES! He sends text messages just like a teenager! His latest "luv u 2". :-)

Heather Webber said...

I text with my kids all the time, but I rarely use abbreviations. Thankfully, I have the auto-suggest on my cell phone so it's just as fast as the abbreviations. If I don't use the auto suggest it takes FOREVER to type out a message.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru & Kaye--Glad you could understand it. I figured I wsn't being too short.

Katie---I totally understand. We've all got something that annoys us.

Krista (Lover Books)---I took to texting like a duck to water. Fast & efficient. I'm a sucker for practicality and efficiency.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jaunita---I love your mom's "lum."

signladyt---I certainly hope not. Spelling is pretty atrocious as it is.

tarajo----Hey, maybe I'll start a trend. It just makes sense to me. Easy to understand and faster.

Maggie Sefton said...

mallprincess---Actually, there's another reason I use abbreviations. Speed and efficiency, first. But a big second rason is that I do NOT want to be texting long messages. Reason I can't risk "carpal thumb." Oh, yeah. It's already happening to some heavy texters, I've heard. My hands are on the computer keyboard all the time writing books. I don't want to do anything that could possibly cause an injury. Seriously.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jeanne--LOL. Your son and I are on the same page.

Andrea C--Keep setting that good example. They need it.

Bookworm Princess---I do not tweet by choice for the same reason I am not on FaceBook. I cannot spare the extra hours it would take from writing and regular online work, including emails from readers and other writing-related business.

Vicki--I'm with you. I keep those texts short. When i want to talk or share ideas and details, I email.

Maggie Sefton said...

Melissa---I love your grandfather's texting.

Heather---Hey, thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to check out the auto suggest feature. Hey, fast can always get faster, right? :)

Anonymous said...

I had no problem understanding your text messages, guess I haven't lost my touch yet :)
When I first started texting, my friends couldn't believe how long my text messages were. Translation, I text the way I speak (complete sentences, spell all words out, no abbreviations), then I got the cellphone bill. So abbreviations, short spelling, keeping the texts short and sweet, I became really good at texting. Probably too good, since now my friends start complaining that my texts are so abbreviated they can barely understand it. Oh well, I can't win either way. But now since my plan doesn't have texting I don't use it anymore. Can't say I really miss it. Texting was really hard on my thumbs, I spend enough time in front of the computer/keyboard as it is. No need to add more injuries....
J

Maggie Sefton said...

Anonymous----YOU GOT IT! That is the REAL reason I go for speed and abbreviations. I want to say it fast and with as few keystrokes as possible. I do not want carpal thumb. I make my living by writing novels on the computer. My hands, fingers, thumbs need to stay healthy with no carpal tunnel or thumbs or whatever. licsjous