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To wish people wouldn't write 'text' when they mean 'texted'?

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SadAboutTheBoy Tue 27-Jun-17 21:06:40

Sorry, but it makes my teeth itch.

My sister text me to say she was late

I text the other mum to tell her..

He text me to tell me it was over..

It's texted FFS!

(And it's packed lunch, not 'pack' lunch BTW) grin

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 27-Jun-17 21:09:34

I don't get the angst. And it is angst because it pops up on mn relatively frequently. It seems wrong to me, a bit like " he lefted the party early" but I do use it.

I'm with you on pack lunch. Yeuch.

SadAboutTheBoy Tue 27-Jun-17 21:11:23

It's just because it's so obviously WRONG grin. Means you start reading a sentence in present tense then realise it isn't!

Whosthemummynow Tue 27-Jun-17 21:12:59


ThePinkOcelot Tue 27-Jun-17 21:14:00

Personally, I hate texted! It just sounds so naff!!

Mysteriouscurle Tue 27-Jun-17 21:14:01

I get it OP but texted is so much clumsier sounding

SadAboutTheBoy Tue 27-Jun-17 21:17:41

ThePink & Mysterious - you see, I can't agree about naff or clumsy. 'Text' just sounds naff and ignorant really.
If you substitute 'call' or 'email' for text it makes it clear how wrong it sounds.

AdalindSchade Tue 27-Jun-17 21:18:39

I'm as pedantic as they come but this doesn't bother me. Texted is a horrible, unwieldy word and text is colloquially correct.

EastMidsMummy Tue 27-Jun-17 21:21:13

Texted is as unwieldy as Texas. Perfectly straightforward past tense.

Tattybogle89 Tue 27-Jun-17 21:21:26

When people say out loud, "texies" referring to there texts. Thats worse.

It took me til into my teens to realise that a chest of drawers were infact that, and not Chester drawers.

littlebid Tue 27-Jun-17 21:21:53

That's how language evolves though. Past participles which end on a T/D sound often end up being shortened over time.

Think of cut / shut / bid etc. They were almost certainly cutted / shutted / bidded at some point, but language is organic.

MadisonAvenue Tue 27-Jun-17 21:23:31

I'm with you on this OP. I hate it.

SmellMyCheeseYouMother Tue 27-Jun-17 21:24:50


MunchMunch Tue 27-Jun-17 21:24:51

I don't think texted sounds right and to me sounds like a made up word a bit like if someone said "he sitted down" instead of "he sat down"

DontTouchTheMoustache Tue 27-Jun-17 21:31:33

As littlebid said that's how language evolves. Texting is still a relatively new thing so it doesn't necessarily "fit" our language properly yet. When you say you text someone you can think of it like slang that is becoming the normal term (like when you used to say you 'videoed' something as a child when you recorded something, our parents probably rolled their eyes so many times with our lazy language). If I hear the word texted I imagine my mum saying it.
Incidentally I really hate the phrase "makes my teeth itch" I had never heard it before I joined MN and I find it very twee. We all have our pet peeves grin

JassyRadlett Tue 27-Jun-17 21:38:28

It seems wrong to me, a bit like " he lefted the party early" but I do use it.

Well, only if you use 'left' in the present tense.

I leave. I am leaving. I left.
I text. I am texting. I do not text if it is in the past tense. I texted.

SadAboutTheBoy Tue 27-Jun-17 21:39:14

Yes - I was being slightly provocative about the 'teeth itch' thing too - I've only ever heard it on MN! grin

Albadross Tue 27-Jun-17 21:39:48

Or 'show me the textses'.

'You guyses'

WTF internet?

HildaOg Tue 27-Jun-17 21:40:08

It's text, not texted. Yabu.

JassyRadlett Tue 27-Jun-17 21:40:18

I don't think texted sounds right and to me sounds like a made up word a bit like if someone said "he sitted down" instead of "he sat down"

Surely then it should be 'He taxt'? grin

U2HasTheEdge Tue 27-Jun-17 21:40:28

I say text. I don't care if it is wrong. I am not going to type texted, ever.

magicstar1 Tue 27-Jun-17 21:40:58

Text instead of texted annoys me almost as much as aks instead of ask.

JassyRadlett Tue 27-Jun-17 21:42:31

It's a new coinage. Why wouldn't it follow the standard grammar for regular verbs?

SadAboutTheBoy Tue 27-Jun-17 21:45:28

Oh well Oxford Dictionaries have texted as the past tense of the verb, so that's good enough for me to keep fighting for it!

lorelairoryemily Tue 27-Jun-17 21:45:39

Texted sounds weird. I'm with you on the packed lunch thing though. Pack lunch does my head in. Draws is another one. They're drawers.

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