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DeadPoncy Wed 27-Oct-10 00:30:23

This is driving me mad. That is: "She tex me saying blah blah blah".


"It's texTED!"

BunnyLeBOOwski Wed 27-Oct-10 00:34:45

I've never seen this before and it's seriously making my teeth itch <shudder>.

A customer from my pub tonight posted on fb that he 'couldn't be harrsed any more'.

I commented that his xmas pressie was going to be a dictionary and begged him to use it and then got a snotty pm saying he

'didn't relize 'letters' could make people fall out'

<bangs head on keyboard whilst simultaneously tapping merlot IV to check it works>

MardyBra Wed 27-Oct-10 00:37:20

I've seen "text" used a lot instead of "texted" <shudders>

IMoveTheStars Wed 27-Oct-10 00:37:44

THANK YOU!! I hate 'I text you the details', 'Tex' is so much worse.

Bunny - I think I love you grin (and I need instructions on that IV)

DeadPoncy Wed 27-Oct-10 00:38:57

Thanks for the quick reply! It's comforting to know I can get a pedant out at short notice, for an emergency! grin

IMoveTheStars Wed 27-Oct-10 00:44:55


It's 'I texted you about the blah' or 'I sent you a text about the blah'. Saying 'I 'text' you about blah' implies that you are perhaps intending to text, but in a very unsure robotic manner.

DeadPoncy Wed 27-Oct-10 00:47:00

Oops, I missed your other replies. Such a surfeit of support!

I feel very warm and happy and ready for bed, now, having been told this nice bedtime story with the happy ending: "-ted"!

P.S. I do like the Merlot IV. Are there any saltier and sweeter wines which might approximate blood a bit better? Perhaps a port in beef stock gravy?

DeadPoncy Wed 27-Oct-10 00:49:23

Good night for now. Thank you, all!

prism Wed 27-Oct-10 12:14:59

At the risk of being thrown out of Pedants' Corner I shall stick my neck on the table and say I quite like this "tex".

But my reasons for doing so are entirely pedantic. The fact is, "text" isn't a verb either; it has become one because we need a word for something we do all the time but which wasn't dreamed of before 1997, and here we are agonising over vocabulary that is completely new, as if it had always been there.

How many of us, in an almost bygone age, said "I'll send you a copy of it using the facsimile machine"? I didn't, and I bet none of us did, however pedantic.

So I welcome the new verb "tex", so we can leave "text" as a noun, as God intended.

<hides behind sofa>

DeadPoncy Wed 27-Oct-10 12:17:56

Ah, but what about "telephone"? Even I don't say "telephone to"!

Anyway, please don't hide. It's good to have a debate somewhere outside AIBU!

pickledbabe Wed 27-Oct-10 12:18:19

I can send you text, or send information with a text, but I can't text you. text is a noun.

and "tex" is even worse - they don't write tex, though, do they? last I saw it was still "txt" for text.
they say "tex" because the T is a glottal stop, and next to an X that's how it comes out.

DeadPoncy Wed 27-Oct-10 12:23:05

English "allows" nouns to be used as verbs (PM, SMS, anyone?), and both "telephone" and "call" have lost prepositions ("to" and "on", respectively).

I guess I'm not a very strict pedant....

However, this was a complaint about the glo'al stop (very good point, pickledbabe) and aout not putting the thing in the proper tense (as texTED).

prism Wed 27-Oct-10 12:29:37

Tee hee, DeadPoncy. I work with someone who always says "telephone" for some reason. I kind of admire the punctilious approach to speaking that this requires, but it rather irritates me. I suppose telephone didn't start out as a verb either but people got sick of saying "Make a telephone call to..." or whatever the correct form initially was.

I think we should ask the Welsh, actually. They're very good at devising new words properly rather than letting them develop through people's laziness or inability to spell (how would you know anyway?). I'm sure they have a word for "text" (^vi^) that has a splendid etymology and that pedants everywhere can be proud of.

DeadPoncy Wed 27-Oct-10 17:24:45

Oooh, do let us know what it is when you find out!

MardyBra Wed 27-Oct-10 18:34:46

I would argue that "text" is a verb in current usage.

Language does evolve, and we don't want to be stuck in some 1950s time warp.

"I text him" as a past tense will probably become standard usage one day if it becomes common enough (although I sincerely hope it's not in my time!). But in the meantime, I would argue that it is incorrect.

moros Wed 27-Oct-10 18:37:40

I dislike "texted". It sounds very clumsy to me. I'm not sure what's wrong with "I sent her a text" that makes it so rarely used.

VictorianIce Fri 29-Oct-10 07:58:09

Is this nominalisation? We do it all the time with new technology, eg 'scroll'. But people manage to add the 'ed' suffix to that.

Saying 'tex' and 'texing' is just plain lazy. (Harrumph). I've heard 'text' used as the past tense, which I suppose is an attempt at a dental suffix...

whomovedmychocolate Fri 29-Oct-10 08:01:36

I am very disappointed. I came on here to berate you for describing the 'Tex' in 'Tex-Mex' in lower case and since it refers to Texas it should of course be capitalised. grin

I tend to disown anyone who uses text messages on a point of principle though. wink

Ilythia Fri 29-Oct-10 08:14:31

I think welsh for text is 'neges' or 'neges destun' but don't hold me to that....

badgermonkey Fri 29-Oct-10 08:55:39

Well, in French, to text is texter - or at least that's what it says in the Year 9 revision booklets at school! I think l'Academie Francaise might have an opinion on that, though.

LadyShapes Mon 08-Nov-10 15:19:31

Why can't this new verb "to text" evolve as an irregular verb?

arise arose arisen
read read read
write wrote written
text text text

LindyHemming Mon 08-Nov-10 16:34:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

prism Mon 08-Nov-10 16:45:13

Now come on Euphemia, you know as well as I do that "hoi" is the definite article in Greek, so no true pedant would say "^the^ hoi polloi" wink

LindyHemming Mon 08-Nov-10 16:49:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

prism Mon 08-Nov-10 17:11:39

It amazes me that Latin ever caught on, having as it does no word for "yes", "no", "the" or "a". Maybe that's why the Roman empire came to and end...

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