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to hope that Mumsnet stays largely free of textspeak?

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Mintyy Mon 09-Sep-13 22:21:14

Or am I an old dinosaur who won't move with the times?

I've seen countless posts and thread titles with the abbreviation n instead of and recently.

I just want to say that I CAN'T STAND IT!!! but I know a lot of you will feel that Mumsnet needs to get with it.

Aibu to feel old decrepit?

NecessaryWeevil Mon 09-Sep-13 22:22:10

Yanbu. There seems to be more and more about though.

pointythings Mon 09-Sep-13 22:22:10

I thnk ur id is gr8.


pointythings Mon 09-Sep-13 22:23:04

At which point I should add that I am one of those Luddites who take 8 hours to draft a single text message because I insist on capital letters and punctuation.

As you were.

MirandaGoshawk Mon 09-Sep-13 22:25:45

YANBU. But my dch don't use txt spk now because their fancy phones do predictive text, which brings a whole new set of horrors - totally inexplicable words in the middle of sentences.

Bloody smartphones. Thick phones, more like.

Mintyy Mon 09-Sep-13 22:37:25

Oh God yes, the blight on our lives that is predictive text!! Whoever invented that little gizmo should be deeply ashamed.

MoonlightandRoses Mon 09-Sep-13 22:41:20

I'm with pointy.

No particular objection to text speak as such but it's still such a 'new' language for me that I end up moving my lips/reading the post out loud in order to understand it.

So that'd be an old duffer YANBU from me then.

poachedeggs Mon 09-Sep-13 22:42:47


Lj8893 Mon 09-Sep-13 22:43:33

Nothing to do with being old!
I'm 25 and use occasional text speak in erm texts, but that's about it!

Can't stand it on the Internet!

pointythings Mon 09-Sep-13 22:44:19

I actually do hate text speak, it's just that I can understand why people would use it when they're on a crappy mobile phone keyboard. Unless they're me.

PatPig Mon 09-Sep-13 22:44:31

no txt spk? r u srs m8?

McNewPants2013 Mon 09-Sep-13 22:47:04

I hate text speech.

I luv u c u l8ter kk if not c u 2mro

MirandaGoshawk Mon 09-Sep-13 22:50:52

Once DH got a random (mistake) text that went: "huzis?"

We had to ask a child what it meant, and were told :"Who's this?"

So he texted back: "sme. huzat?"

Sadly, he never got a reply.

kim147 Mon 09-Sep-13 22:56:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Mon 09-Sep-13 23:02:40

Me too. I find it really hard to read.

CoffeeandNumbers Mon 09-Sep-13 23:10:28

Can we publicly flog the "mom" people too? That I find extremely irritating!!!

Mintyy Mon 09-Sep-13 23:12:38

Who are the mom people?

BOF Mon 09-Sep-13 23:15:07

I think that it should be more obvious when you register that text speak is discouraged on MN, because it wants to remain accessible for partially-sighted users and others who need to use audio software to be able to 'read' and participate.

I think when people realise that it is to show courtesy to those users, rather than a judgement on their intelligence which makes them feel unwelcome, then they are more likely to make the effort.

FruOla Tue 10-Sep-13 07:50:58

"We had to ask a child what it meant" grin Miranda

Coffee, don't forget we have a number of American and Canadian MNers - and, apparently, 'mom' is commonly used in The Midlands as well.

bearleftmonkeyright Tue 10-Sep-13 07:58:42

Mom is perfectly acceptable. It is used in the midlands. My dm always wrote Mom to my Nan on birthday cards.

Morgause Tue 10-Sep-13 08:00:49

I'm old. I'm too old to try to work out text speak.

I like punctuation. I'm especially fond of apostrophes.

LegoAcupuncture Tue 10-Sep-13 08:01:25

Yanbu I hate it as well.

I tend to steer clear of shops/services that use text speak in their name as well, a bit OTT but I just don't like it.

Morgause Tue 10-Sep-13 08:01:38

Mom isn't used in this part of the Midlands but my Welsh Mum called her mum Mammy.

BuskersCat Tue 10-Sep-13 08:47:49

wut u wan us 2 tlk propa u no tht itz nt ment 2b lyk a tst or r u a teaha or sank?

HeffalumpTheFlump Tue 10-Sep-13 10:49:50

I find it harder to type in text speak than normal! Really can't see the point of it. Yanbu!

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