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To hate when people use "text" instead of "texted"?

(142 Posts)
WhitePhantom Tue 23-Jun-15 23:19:57

It just really bugs me.

"I text my friend yesterday" - no, you TEXTED your friend yesterday!

That's all. Rant over.

riverboat1 Tue 23-Jun-15 23:21:28

Maybe they feel it is an irregular verb along the same lines as 'put' and 'set'?

EatShitDerek Tue 23-Jun-15 23:21:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WorraLiberty Tue 23-Jun-15 23:22:23

You're right but for some reason 'texted' just sounds so wrong.

I think it should be changed to 'text' just so I'm less conflicted grin

CocktailQueen Tue 23-Jun-15 23:22:41

I hate it too. Texted is a regular verb.

BreconBeBuggered Tue 23-Jun-15 23:23:59

YANBU at all, but I see you've had the text past participle apologists in already.

eggyface Tue 23-Jun-15 23:25:44

Text sounds pleasantly Jacobs to me.

eggyface Tue 23-Jun-15 23:26:10

Jacobean! Jacobs? Thank you phone.

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 23-Jun-15 23:26:55

Texted is a regular verb. I agree but why? There is no reason that a 'new' word should be a regular verb. Surely the English language is one that changes through usage and if the yoof are saying text rather than texted, and they are the ones that use the word the most, the correct usage is text. <hopes not>

Ankleswingers Tue 23-Jun-15 23:27:32

I have never and would never say texted. Agree it sounds silly and IMO too much of a mouthful. Agree you are right OP but doesn't mean it sounds right.

eggyface Tue 23-Jun-15 23:27:46

Jacobean! Thank you phone.

BreconBeBuggered Tue 23-Jun-15 23:27:58

There, eggy, you see? We can't rely on phones to dictate the English language to us.

eggyface Tue 23-Jun-15 23:28:17

And thank you again for putting my comment up twice. Sigh.

gamerchick Tue 23-Jun-15 23:28:45

Texted is a stupid word, looks wrong and sounds wrong.

eggyface Tue 23-Jun-15 23:31:03


elephantoverthehill Tue 23-Jun-15 23:33:41

Try pedants corner, but in my opinion 'text' is a noun not a verb. I'm sure the OED will enlighten us in the not to distant future. If it hasn't already.

SeenSheen Tue 23-Jun-15 23:34:47

Yanbu, drives me mad. I think it comes from America where they shorten other verbs too - but just sounds ignorant over here.

MistressMerryWeather Tue 23-Jun-15 23:34:53

I'm far too lazy to say texted. Even typed out it looks wrong.

Get down with the hip kids OP, right on.

venusandmars Tue 23-Jun-15 23:36:07

I don't even think TEXT is a verb - it is a noun:

I sent a text

Send me a text

Don't try to make it into a verb or you get the problem of how to decline a new verb...

EatShitDerek Tue 23-Jun-15 23:36:19

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badtime Tue 23-Jun-15 23:36:37

Texted does not sound silly. It sounds correct.

When people say 'I text him', that sounds silly. Also, it leads people to refer to texts as 'texes'. Seriously, I know people who do this.

NomiMalone Tue 23-Jun-15 23:37:25

Texted is what people on Jeremy Kyle say.

I'll stick with text thanks.

EatShitDerek Tue 23-Jun-15 23:37:51

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AgentProvocateur Tue 23-Jun-15 23:37:56

While we're on the subject, I'm fed up with people using "bias" as an adjective - eg, "I may be bias, but my baby is gorgeous." It's just wrong wink

BreconBeBuggered Tue 23-Jun-15 23:38:33

I think that turning a noun into a verb is concession enough, frankly, without making the fucker irregular to boot.
Still texted.

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