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2 b'in told tht im nt allwed 2 use txt spk on this site??

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HailStorm Tue 16-Jun-09 15:59:46

Im sori I dnt actually speak like that but being a student and a normal 24yr old who admittitly is addicted to her Phone i do lapse and more often than not revert to forgetting to add a letter to make my words complete. I do not deem this as lazy nor ignorant and i dnt feel that my abbreviations are that different from using DS, DH and FIL on here. I have been told that to use such 'txt spk' or to not write my words completley i will be hated on mumsnet. So am i being unreasonable if i forget my stupid letters?? Think bloody not! Ps, am crap at spelling, does mean im thick though does it

Fimbo Tue 16-Jun-09 16:02:47

School finished for the day?

Trip Trap

VinegarTits Tue 16-Jun-09 16:03:23


Pinkjenny Tue 16-Jun-09 16:04:44

Hated on Mumsnet, you say? I hear Netmums love text speak, hun!

VinegarTits Tue 16-Jun-09 16:04:47

just had a thought, if your a student your really going to struggle to pass your degree arent you? hmm

pjmama Tue 16-Jun-09 16:05:06

I have to admit to finding text speak and other mangling of the English language hugely irritating, on account of being an old fart grin. So I wouldn't normally choose to read posts that are written in it. I guess it depends how much you want to be accepted and taken seriously?

littlelamb Tue 16-Jun-09 16:05:13

yabu, innit

tiktok Tue 16-Jun-09 16:05:15

I think it's just what is the norm on mumsnet, HailStorm. It's not thought of as 'lazy' or 'ignorant' and I don't know where you get the idea you will be 'hated' - who told you that?

Textspeak is harder to read in great big long posts - it's fine for short messages on a phone, but not lines and lines on a computer screen.

So if you want to join in and get along with people, it's probably best to fit in with the norms. If you don't want to, then that's fine, too. There are other forums which dont mind textspeak. It's a bit like going to a party and listening to the conversation and working out what is acceptable and what isn't, to the group.

junglist1 Tue 16-Jun-09 16:05:54

No you're not thick. I've been told this on here because I admitted to dropping my h's! You will get this sometimes on here, don't let it bother you (or pick apart any criticisers posts for grammar etc).

cordonbleugh Tue 16-Jun-09 16:06:44

Hey Guys, HailStorm is not a troll!!

She's one of my closest friends who's just signed up, I was giving her the lo-down of MN on msn, told her about the whole txt spk is a no-no thing, and she disagreed.

I did warn her, and told her that she'd get flamed.

I use txt spk myself, in text messages, and on msn, but because I know it's frowned upon here, I change accordingly.

Please don't flame her, again, she's not a troll, just offering her opinion.

Thunderduck Tue 16-Jun-09 16:06:56

YABVU coz I be lik 1 of those stodents 2 and like I b 24 2 and I no youse da txt speak like dat coz it b hard 2 read 4 sum ppl yeh?.

sarah293 Tue 16-Jun-09 16:08:23

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sheepgomeep Tue 16-Jun-09 16:08:48

No it doesn't necessarily make you thick but it gives the impression that you are.

It also can be very hard to read text speak and to be honest if I see a thread with lots of text speak in it I can't be bothered reading it.

I must admit I do sometimes use text speak when I'm texting but never on a forum or writing an email etc. You wouldn't do it in an exam or when writing a letter to someone so why do it on here

VinegarTits Tue 16-Jun-09 16:08:56

text speak hurts my brain

<goes for a lie down>

Fimbo Tue 16-Jun-09 16:09:10


cordonbleugh Tue 16-Jun-09 16:09:29

And I think you mean you're vinegar grin

Just because she uses text speak in informal situations, doesn't mean she's incapable of getting a degree.

I've read her essays, which are very eloquent and articualate FWIW.

posieparker Tue 16-Jun-09 16:09:39

Not everybody understands text speak and so what is the point? Besides text speak came about due to a limited number of keys and space for messages, MN has neither of these limitations. I don't even use text speak on my phone, awful awful and stupid.

littlelamb Tue 16-Jun-09 16:10:04

Ah yes, the old 'I'm on msn' chestnut. I love when that one is used. Adds a whole new dimension to the thread, dunnit

posieparker Tue 16-Jun-09 16:10:49

HailStorm, surely you write essays using a keyboard and would find it difficult to write text speak on a keyboard?????

junglist1 Tue 16-Jun-09 16:12:32

You should here the way I talk when with friends, Tottenham talk all the way! But I can knock out an essay Einstein would be jealous of!

stripeypineapple Tue 16-Jun-09 16:12:40

Unless you are using Mumsnet via your mobile YABU.

If you have a whole screens worth of space to use then there really is no need to abbreviate like there is need to sometimes in a text message where you have a limited number of characters to use.

HellHathNoFury Tue 16-Jun-09 16:12:51

Use text speak if you like, there is no 'rule' saying you can't...

But it hurts my poor little brain and as a result I tend to not read posts written in bastardised English that I don't understand.

cordonbleugh Tue 16-Jun-09 16:13:53

littlelamb I was talking to her on msn - I met her through our open uni course, we dicovered we have a lot in common and get on well, and so now use msn to chat. we also text a lot.

Quite often when she asks me what I'm upto, I reply that I'm on MN.

So she decided to join, and I was telling her the do's and don't's via an msn converstation.

Whats the problem? hmm

Fimbo Tue 16-Jun-09 16:16:14

So you don't really know her apart from MSN?

tiktok Tue 16-Jun-09 16:16:21 HailStorm hears from her friend that txtspk is not usually acceptable on mumsnet, and her first post is defensive and difficult to read.

It's not the attitude of someone who wants to make friends, is it?

It's like someone telling me that their local pub has a dress code. So I shove the doors open with my shoulders, dressed in something scruffy, shouting 'I hear you lot don't like people who don't dress up!!!'

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