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to be appalled at the increase of text speak on Mumsnet?

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AnUnnamedSource · 04/05/2011 06:10

There seems to be a lot more "ur", "lols", "u" etc than usual.

Am I being unreasonable and old or is it annoying others?

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madwomanintheattic · 04/05/2011 06:29

it's annoying me.

if it proliferates further, i shall be orf. it makes my head ache and re-run vicky pollard on a loop.

although it does appear to be catching, as i found myself typing 'tho' twice today.

i like to think it is restricted to a first post or maybe two, and then the perpetrators catch on. but i wouldn't know, as i never click on threads with txt spk in the title.



stuffthenonsense · 04/05/2011 06:29

Its annoying me too. I was brought up that if a job is worth doing it is worth doing well. I tend to ignore the textspeak posts. If you can't be bothered writing properly I can't be bothered reading your post.


RainbowShite · 04/05/2011 06:53

Appalled? You clearly have led a very sheltered life.


Numberfour · 04/05/2011 06:54

It annoys me too, but what worries me more is that it is becoming more and more like another language that "the younger generation" speak. No need to learn how to spell if you write in a lower form of phonetics.


Bunbaker · 04/05/2011 07:00

"I tend to ignore the textspeak posts. If you can't be bothered writing properly I can't be bothered reading your post."

Same here. I'm not appalled, but irritated by text speak. It should be confined to mobile phones only. Writing in textspeak on anything other than mobile phones is simply lazy and should never be accepted as the norm in written communication. It also makes the contributor appear less educated IMO.


Bunbaker · 04/05/2011 07:01

And I'm an old fogey and don't even use textspeak on my mobile anyway!


handsoffmycake · 04/05/2011 07:03

I dont find textspeak easy to read at all.

It is a shame people cannot be bothered to write things proper any more Grin


AngryBeaver · 04/05/2011 07:07

Y wots up wiv u,lol,pmsl!



MinnieBar · 04/05/2011 07:08

Perhaps we should all start posting delightfully passive-aggressive responses to every instance we see ? I remember ages ago (back when it was actually rare) seeing a response along the lines of 'I don't mean to be rude, but here on MN we don't really do textspeak. You'd probably get more replies if you didn't use it' (my translation: fuck off back to Netmums unless you stop). Grin


AnUnnamedSource · 04/05/2011 07:12

Yes perhaps appalled was a bit strong.

Can I reword my title to slightly annoyed? Thanks. Grin

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imnobody · 04/05/2011 07:16

I very rarely use it on my mobile either. While I can see why it is used on mobiles I find it annoying here. Surely if you have managed to train your fingers to text speak you can train them to type properly on a keyboard.

Also I find it annoying when I go on to a post and its one huge chunk of writing with no paragraphs. I find it hard to read and end up giving up.


allgonebellyup · 04/05/2011 07:22



meditrina · 04/05/2011 07:23

There was even a "lol" on one of the threads announcing the death of Polly Styrene.

And I don't think it meant "lots of love" - even though that's the way people my age tend to read it.


fartingfran · 04/05/2011 07:39

I'm with you. It's an abysmal scourge. And I'm not even (that) old. Bah.


randomimposter · 04/05/2011 07:39


It really grates on me.

Irritates me if used excessively in text messages too, beyond the "u" abbreviation which is just about ok. Grin


Ragwort · 04/05/2011 07:47

Totally agree - I also refuse to use text speak on my moblie - actually I very rarely use a mobile - if I want to 'get a message' to someone I pick up the telephone (landline Grin) and 'phone them.


Crevix · 04/05/2011 07:54

YANBU. I read textspeak in a particular accent which is not attractive in the slightest.


SlightlyScrambled · 04/05/2011 07:57

I ignore the posts with text speak also.

I often wonder how people are rolling around on the floor laughing but still able to type. Have they their moblies held out as they roll around. Creates a strange image for me.

To add to my grumpiness, I think the smilies are sometimes excessively used too. A ration of one smiley per paragraph would be my suggestion.


c0rn51lk · 04/05/2011 07:58


errr...isn't that textspeak?!


randomimposter · 04/05/2011 08:00

I think it's more an accepted FLA?


usualsuspect · 04/05/2011 08:02

lmfao Grin Smile Wink

sorry I never read the MN rule book Smile


upahill · 04/05/2011 08:02


It doesn't bother me. Everything changes and evolves even language.


GooseberryFool · 04/05/2011 08:03

I hate text speak - it seriously makes my eyes itch to read it. It's just lazy lazy lazy and although possibly excusable in a 12 year old it's just wrong on so many level in an adult.


usualsuspect · 04/05/2011 08:06

Lazy is ok


Crevix · 04/05/2011 08:07

YANBU has a different accentto it. more acceptable somehow.

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