Texting and Text Speech

There was an old friend of mine I no longer talk to from whom I would dread receiving email responses. Each and every one would be written entirely in chatspeak and it irritated me to no end.

No matter what the medium — IM, text, email — there’s this sort of unwritten rule that the way you type is a sort if indicator of your intelligence. I have never taken anyone seriously who used excessive punctuation (ZoMg CN u believe wut congress dun did?!?!1!!!?111), no punctuation (I have a hard time reading shit composed entirely of run-on sentences), glaring misspellings, etc.

Needless to say, I type out about 80% of my texts. I use a good amount of acronyms and smiley faces (gotta get the tone across somehow) but I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I texted in chatspeak (or textspeak, whatever you prefer to call it.)

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