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LongDeadMotherofHorrors Tue 02-Jul-13 20:59:01

Noun - text
Verb - to text
Conjugation of verb in past: "she texted me", not "she text me"

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Wed 03-Jul-13 13:47:08

Kobayash....I think that's a gotcha! I'll pay more attention to detail in the future. blush

MsPickle Wed 03-Jul-13 08:05:41

Jan-the hive mind decides! For example, Hoover fought (and lost) to have us all use 'vacuum' as the verb to protect their brand of Hoover.

Google on the other hand are delighted to be a verb...

AudrinaAdare Wed 03-Jul-13 01:34:20

I text my DD on Mondays.
I am texting my DD.
I have texted my DD.

Seems fine to me.

Text SPEAK is not okay. It isn't verbal, it's written. It should be called something else. No, I don't know what.

Jan49 Wed 03-Jul-13 01:29:27

Surely it isn't really "texted" since it doesn't exist as a verb (or does it?) But "text" as a past tense sounds wrong too. I think "sending a text" is much better. But I do sometimes say "I'll text you". hmm So who decides whether it can be used as a verb or not?

WafflyVersatile Wed 03-Jul-13 00:07:47

because it sounds like it already has 'ed on the end.


for the record I don't like it either.

Maybe we could start using ''tex'ed'' in our own communications and others will follow.

Similar with 'should have'. People say 'should've'. People hear 'should of' so then they write 'should of'.

KobayashiMaru Tue 02-Jul-13 22:38:13

Does the pedant in you not notice you have posted in AIBU without actually asking any AIBU?

MsPickle Tue 02-Jul-13 22:35:28

I suspect that many people are actually using "text'd" when you hear "text" as a past form.

And all words, be they noun, adjective or verb (or variations thereof) are invented...grin

Hissy Tue 02-Jul-13 21:58:56

It's texted to those old enough to remember grammar.


LuisSuarezTeeth Tue 02-Jul-13 21:56:06

I certainly is wicked OP. As my DP is fond of saying; I have documentated all of this grin

Viviennemary Tue 02-Jul-13 21:51:42

I don't do text messages. Somebody showed me but it seemed like too much effort. If you send a letter you don't say you've lettered somebody. I hate these invented verbs.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 02-Jul-13 21:45:27

My presence here is something of a luddite paradox, yes grin

HoHoHoNoYouDont Tue 02-Jul-13 21:44:34

When you say texted quickly it almost makes the -ed silent therefore making it kind of acceptable.

That's what I'm going to keep telling myself.

LauraRoslin Tue 02-Jul-13 21:42:41

I would always use "texted".

Ifcatshadthumbs Tue 02-Jul-13 21:41:55

Texted sounds wrong. Like a three year old saying "she hitted me"

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Tue 02-Jul-13 21:41:18

Chipping - hi ho, >>>>>>>bye then!

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Tue 02-Jul-13 21:40:46

PelvicFloor - frankly it's astonishing you ever discovered the WWW - or are you accessing Mumsnet by witchcraft? PS I'm guessing you've got a pile of limbs outside your back door - yes? grin

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Tue 02-Jul-13 21:40:41

Pedants corner >>>>>

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Tue 02-Jul-13 21:38:00

Here's a thought:
Message: noun
To message: new verb

Parallel usage:
"She message me?" Nope.

Now let's extend the distortions further, as has happened with textting wink:


PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 02-Jul-13 21:36:58

They all sound hideous <shudder>

I either send a telegram or a pigeon, and whilst waiting for a reply, I grumble into my chin about new fangled contraptions.

It is perfectly acceptable, by the way, to remove limbs from anyone says "textses".

everlong Tue 02-Jul-13 21:35:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Heartbrokenmum73 Tue 02-Jul-13 21:32:37

I've actually heard people say that they've topped up their phone and now have free 'texties' for the weekend - wtf is that all about?

Letticetheslug Tue 02-Jul-13 21:31:32

"she text me" is wrong, but then I am an old fuddy duddy...

everlong Tue 02-Jul-13 21:29:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

StuntGirl Tue 02-Jul-13 21:28:11

Texted sounds all flavours of wrong.

Text is fine.

Textses needs to be obliterated from the English language <shudder>

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Tue 02-Jul-13 21:23:08

Cardi - fair point, though if we are going to acknowledge it as a verb it should follow some some convention

LuisSu - you are very wicked!

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