Off Topic - Texting Question

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  1. Growler48

    Growler48 Well-Known Member
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    Not sure where to ask this, so I'll do it here.

    I have been reading these and other forums and keep seeing people use texting shortcuts, which doesn't bother me too much, but the one that drives me nuts is when they use "your" when they should be using "you're". I'll admit that I do very little texting, so I'm not up on all the shortcuts out there. So, is this a texting shortcut or do a lot of people just NOT know how to properly use "you're"?
     

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  2. EmoTonyB

    EmoTonyB Well-Known Member
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    i dont pay attention to spelling or grammer much on txting. only punctuation. i figure ill get my point across if the commas periods and junk are in the right spot.
     
  3. Demache

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    I try to be a grammatically correct as possible, but if I'm in a hurry, I won't care.
     
  4. 10splaya22

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    I usually try and spell correctly and use punctuation where needed but i usually don't care about capitalizing "i" and the beginning of sentences.
     
  5. I tend to text in full language, I don't use any shortcuts. Except "Tho" instead of Though. I have no idea why!
     
  6. meezi

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    I use shortcuts all the time... but do differentiate your and you're with "ur" & "u r" haha. I find it annoying as well when people can't use "their, they're, there, you, you're, etc..." correctly. But that's the problem with texting as a whole, kids text more now a days than write out papers and proper sentences.

    I use "tho" too! Also "tom" for tomorrow, like "Are you goin out tom?"
     
  7. xmastree

    xmastree Well-Known Member
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    Text shortcuts come from when one message was limited to 160 characters. It still is, but these days you can string a longer message together with multiple messages and the recipient will be able to see it as one message.

    However, your instead of you're is plain ignorance. I see it a lot on forums too, where there's no need to save characters.

    Then there's effect/affect, their/there/they're, lose/loose, the list goes on.

    I try to be grammatically correct, but I do use shortcuts when texting if it's a long message.
     
  8. markj

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    I'm ocd.. I text with correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation haha. But I agree, I hate when people use the incorrect forms of your/you're, as well as there/their/they're, etc.

    Even if I'm in a rush I still try to correct everything, which works against me... lol. But when I REALLY am in a hurry I don't care.
     
  9. highdefinition

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    When i'm texting people I know I use as many shortcuts as possible. But when it's someone I don't know very well, then I text it properly. I think most people know which form of your or you're to use, they just don't anymore because it is a lot quicker to say your. But I am in college and I help some friends edit term papers and it's sad how many people can't write a decent paper.
     
  10. Growler48

    Growler48 Well-Known Member
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    Actually, I'm ok with your shortcuts. They at least show that you know how to properly sound out the correct words, unlike using "your" or "ur" for both. I forgot about "their, they're, there, affect & effect". Also VERY annoying.

    Thanks everyone. At least I'm not the only one out there that gets annoyed with improper grammar. I'm dealing with this with my own daughter when she sends regular emails and even on some schoolwork. She uses texting shortcuts and she doesn't even have texting on her phone yet! That'll all change for us tomorrow when I get my X and enter the whole family into the world of texting! Honestly, though, w/Swype, voice to text and QWERTY keyboards, I don't see much of a need for shortcuts anymore. Maybe I'll change my tune when I actually start texting regularly!
     
  11. bluenova

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    It's important to remember that this is an international forum and as such English is not a first language for many members. A lot of people who didn't learn English as a first language will know the spoken language better than the written language. This means that they will not even be aware that there is a difference between your and you're.

    [double checks spelling and grammar before posting]
     
  12. 330D

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    With all the technology we have today, we still can't figure out how to get people to write properly. I am guilty on occasion, but can't believe how many people, on a daily basis, use the incorrect word, or spelling of a word. Have a little pride, folks!
     
  13. Growler48

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    Good point. Didn't think about that.
     
  14. meezi

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    I don't know if you allow your daughter to chat online but i'm sure that's where she gets the texting shortcuts from too (don't forget to & too). I think you will look at shortcuts differently once you start texting as someone said above you'll have a 160 character limit, so you'll have to be creative with long texts. But I def use proper grammar with emails I send tho.
     
  15. Growler48

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    Yes, she does chat online. I guess that's where it's coming from. It'll be interesting to see how she does with unlimited texting!
     

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