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'give me a text' this always makes me want to shout.

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MrsDougRoss Mon 04-Aug-08 12:17:43

I know it is wrong and it drives me mad. Why have people started using this? For many years people have always said, send a letter. Surely give is only used when passing something from person to person with no middle man. Or have i got it wrong. Please Pedants let me know.

branflake81 Mon 04-Aug-08 15:04:36

I agree. Sad thing is I have said it myself on occasion. Must do better in future.

allgonebellyup Mon 04-Aug-08 15:09:24

What about "give me a call?"

That would be wrong?

MrsDougRoss Mon 04-Aug-08 16:46:44

now you mention it, i am not sure about give me a call, but that is one i am guilty of.

Cappuccino Mon 04-Aug-08 16:48:24

pedants shouldn't be texting anyway

Pedants Say No! To Texting

MaryAnnSingleton Mon 04-Aug-08 16:48:44

my mum thinks they are called 'tex' - ie. Dad will tex you

Twiglett Mon 04-Aug-08 16:50:08

I have never heard this

thank gawd

FluffyMummy123 Mon 04-Aug-08 16:52:11

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MrsDougRoss Mon 04-Aug-08 18:34:28

i do like to use punctation and proper words, it takes ages to type a text message.

Cathpot Mon 04-Aug-08 18:46:10

OK. I sometimes browse through pedants threads, usually I find myself thinking ohmygod I do that. This is the first time I have been moved to write anything and am very nervous as no time to spell check... but please, how can you complain about how people refer to texts?? Our language is very old and constantly changing, we would all struggle to understand the English spoken a few hundred years ago, and could all spot as different a piece of text written only a few decades ago. Texting is very new, how we choose to talk about texting is very new. Who is to say what's right? (Ducks and runs for cover and considers name change).

MrsDougRoss Mon 04-Aug-08 19:43:54

Cathpot, I am also new to pedants. The thing is it sounds wrong in my head and the way i see it is the medium is different i.e using a phone but it is the same as a letter or email. Do people say give me an email? It may not be wrong, and i am no expert. Language rules exsist and can be applied to new circumstances.

BarcodeZebra Mon 04-Aug-08 21:52:49

I'm with Cod. Text away but only with proper spelling, full punctuation and, where appropriate, quotation marks to denote speech.

dingdong05 Mon 04-Aug-08 22:16:31

I just wanted everyone to know how hard I am resisting the urge to go mega text speak on y'all...

ButterflyMcQueen Mon 04-Aug-08 22:18:00

people lol at my texts as i punctuate them etc and use long words

thumbwitch Tue 05-Aug-08 00:52:56

agree that texts should be in same category as letters and emails, not same as phonecalls. And therefore should be sent, not given.

MrsDougRoss Tue 05-Aug-08 16:40:15

Another one, this is possibly taking it too far, but i feel people should take more care over the typing of their Facebook status.

nickytwotimes Tue 05-Aug-08 16:47:27

Excellent post Cath.

I would argue that 'give' is the correct word as texting is part of telecommunications.

I know I haven't put that very well.

<hangs head>

Tigerschick Tue 05-Aug-08 17:11:36

Texts are sent not given.

I text using correct spelling and punctuation 98% of the time - sometimes I run out of space and replace 'you' with 'u' or something similar ... Please don't tar and feather me grin

SheikYerbouti Tue 05-Aug-08 17:16:35

I hate

"I text him"

It's "I sent him a text"

I used proper words in my texts. I have predictive texting so I don;t need to put "UR a shtsmr txt msg" type stuff

SheikYerbouti Tue 05-Aug-08 17:20:11

Obviously, I use predictive texting.

I am a pedant, albeit one that can't type.

By the way, one of the regular advertisers i9n the magazines that I work of have an ad for sexual health services. It says

"Plannin on scorin?
Dnt 4get ur cndms"

It makes me cringe everytime I read it. I can imagine some polyester-clad 50 somethings in their office in central Milton Keynes trying to get dwn wiv da kidz by using txt spk in thier adverts

Word Tue 05-Aug-08 17:20:28

I've been laughed at for using proper words and punctuation in my texts. sad

Word Tue 05-Aug-08 17:22:03

Oh, and I HATE HATE HATE people who use predictive text and don't check the words. The message usually takes 10 mins to interpret.

(Fancy going out for a neck, anyone?)

SheikYerbouti Tue 05-Aug-08 17:22:27

So have I word, so have I.

We need to rise up against it. I always feel dinosaurtastic when I am replying to people who say "wat tme u cmin rnd l8r?"

MrsDougRoss Tue 05-Aug-08 17:25:37

the thing i do not get is words like l8tr surely take just as long to type as the real word. Why bother?

SheikYerbouti Tue 05-Aug-08 17:27:19

I always want to reply "UR a thk cnt"

But I am a common old harridan with a mouth like a potty

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