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to think that mumsnet should be a website for all mums regardless

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tittytittyhanghang Sun 25-Nov-12 17:18:21

of literacy and the way they speak/type and should be welcoming to everyone? I cant fucking stand this perceived superiority over certain posters that use text speak, use of hun, lol, x's etc or the suggestion that they are somehow unsuitable for this forum and should bugger off to the other one.

As as for the fucking grammer police, fuck the fuck off. Just because someone maybe didn't use capitals, or misspelt a word, or hasn't posted perfect english, doesn't open their post to ridicule.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 25-Nov-12 17:35:54

YABU. Textspeak makes my teeth itch.

And YABVU for saying that 'Mumsnet should be a site for all mums' when it should be a site for all people regardless of gender and/or parenting status.

usualsuspect3 Sun 25-Nov-12 17:36:25


If I can read the post I don't give a toss how it's written.

I can even understand text speak <down with the kids>

mrsscoob Sun 25-Nov-12 17:36:55

I know Reykjavik. I wonder if it was the word cunt or hun that broke the guidelines?? grin

KellyEllyChristmasBelly Sun 25-Nov-12 17:37:14

But using text speak, especially using 'u' instead of typing 'you', is likely to make me think less of that person. really? The use of u makes you think less of a person. What high standards you have!

Mintyy Sun 25-Nov-12 17:37:19

I don't agree that there is a lot of pedantry or much evidence of the grammar police on this site. I am here day in day out, come rain come shine, and hardly ever see anyone criticised for their grammar or spelling. Infact I would say on balance that it is a very tolerant site from that pov.

Textspeak is unpopular, as is posting lengthy paragraphs with no punctuation because it is difficult for people to read. If you are asking people for help and advice then it helps if other posters are willing to engage with you.

GrumpyCynicalBastard Sun 25-Nov-12 17:37:58

Text speak should be the preserve of teenagers. I like to think this is a forum superbly UNpopulated by teenagers. But hey OP - if you like it that much, and clearly you do hun, then do feel free to wing your merry way over to the other place. I believe you can have a ticker there too so everyone can know just exactly how many hours, minutes and seconds until your next hissy outburst. See ya!

WorraLiberty Sun 25-Nov-12 17:38:08

I'm sure Olivia meant...

pRsNL atax dat r struck ot wl stil B deleted btw

grin Imagine if all of MNHQ tlk lik dat?

MumsGoToReykjavik Sun 25-Nov-12 17:38:18

My first ever deletion and all for making a joke! <flounces>

SoupDragon Sun 25-Nov-12 17:38:20

Although soupdragon it could be argued that "MN" is a form of text speak, "IMO" definitely so...

Er, no they aren't. They are acronyms which are different from missing out numerous vowels and doing stuff like referring to mate as "m8"

McChristmasPants2012 Sun 25-Nov-12 17:38:24


I Like your responce to this thread. Mumsnet has a lot of varied topics which benifits not just mums but a lot of other people.

mrsscoob Sun 25-Nov-12 17:39:43

It was funny too Reykjavik

BrittaPerry Sun 25-Nov-12 17:40:08

There is loads of internet to txt spk all over, loads of places to star out swears, loads of places where you can hug and hun to your hearts content.

I think we need somewhere where women can talk like grownups.

usualsuspect3 Sun 25-Nov-12 17:40:39

MumsGoToReykjavik , you can go and post on the 'how many times have you been deleted' thread now. grin

MrsDeVere Sun 25-Nov-12 17:41:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

whistlestopcafe Sun 25-Nov-12 17:41:34

I do think it is rude to pick on people for spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Some posters are dyslexic and not everyone is good at writing.

Posts without paragraphs I tend to ignore, if people want their posts to be read by a wider audience they ought to make at least some effort to ensure it is legible.

Text speak drives me insane! I find it impossible to decipher and I do judge people in a negative way for using it. Sorry. blush

tittytittyhanghang Sun 25-Nov-12 17:41:35

TBF i dont think I have actually read text speak that bad on here. I certainly dont use it. Possibly the bad use of grammer gets me, or more people's responses to it. It doesn't bother me if people haven't written in perfect english, or if its littered with spelling mistakes, if they use huns or lols has no bearing on me, as long as i get the gist of what they are saying. My mum probably falls into the above (bad grammer, and really crappy spelling) and I be a bit dismayed if she came onto this site only for her post to be picked apart for these reasons.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sun 25-Nov-12 17:41:59

I use "x" a lot on here and have never had anything said to me about it.

I did once ask for a thread to be pulled though because I was being slagged for saying "seen" and not "saw". I mean, WTF? It's one thing getting pissed off about text speak that can't be understood but that takes the piss!

CoolaSchmoola Sun 25-Nov-12 17:42:44

I can read text speak - but it makes my teeth itch. I also text in longhand complete with punctuation and paragraphs grin.

I don't pull people up on spelling or grammar - it's rude and for all I know they may be dyslexic. Plus they obviously aren't deliberately doing it to annoy, it's not a choice I don't think? so it's unnecessarily bitchy to point it out. The only exception is suggesting paragraphs could possibly help, but only if done with tact and diplomacy.

Noone is taught how to read and write text speak at school, so they are choosing to do it. Which makes it fair game. Because it drives me batshit crazy!

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Sun 25-Nov-12 17:43:22

Romeo will be all

Juliet u iz peng, we should link up init. Dnt gi a fuck wot r fams say.

McChristmasPants2012 Sun 25-Nov-12 17:43:39

also i think MN should Put LTB on the Acronyms list smile

MumsGoToReykjavik Sun 25-Nov-12 17:43:58

I want a fluffy cuddle from a glittery ticker now. Totes.

tittytittyhanghang Sun 25-Nov-12 17:43:58

Sorry about the mums thing, i didn't mean to imply that you have to be a mum to come onto this site. Should have worded that different. But if you come onto this forum, I think its a bit sad that you are essentially directed elsewhere because your not considered the right type of clientele sts.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sun 25-Nov-12 17:44:13

SP Thanks for giving me a headache. angry grin

usualsuspect3 Sun 25-Nov-12 17:44:51

I cringe at the posters who correct spelling and grammar. I think less of them for doing it TBH.

WorraLiberty Sun 25-Nov-12 17:44:54

Yeh lyk totes SP

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