So after my original post on ‘Save the Vowels’ has received quite interesting responses, I thought I’d continue here.
Thank you to everyone who emailed me about it, but didn’t leave a comment, I never thought this would enrage so many of you.
When I made the post on here, Matt and I simultaniously posted this on 2 forums:
“Are you getting annoyed with txt speak? Bad grammar? Join the ‘Save the Vowels’ Movement! :)
It created fairly heated discussions on both with members that use txt spk themselves not having any problems with it and other members getting very annoyed.
“Txt spks anuver 1 f my grps. Can’t read that? Took me 10 minutes of research to write the damn thing. it says “Text speak is another one of my gripes”. I don’t even TEXT in text speak so why should I have to read it on the net?”
So, several people on forums, other bloggers, so it is not just a select few that are getting annoyed. It is more than I thought.
This is my view on txt spk:
I believe that the English language is a great sounding and easy to pick up language. It uses fairly straightforward grammar and the vocabulary isn’t that big compared to other languages. Many words share the same pronounciation and it is important that they are spelled correctly to keep the meaning.
Over the recent years people have been using txt spk not just in text messages, but also elsewhere. For example on internet forums, in letters, on blogs, IM services and chat rooms.
In my opinion, these people are just lazy. They use txt spk to save themselves time and effort, yet it takes me double the time to read what they are saying. So I have to spend more time/effort, because they are lazy? I don’t think so.
Sure, another option would be to ignore what they are writing, but how exactly do you do that in a thread with several people using txt spk? I would be missing out of opinions and wouldn’t be able to reply properly.
This needs to stop and it needs to stop now, before it is too late!
I want to create the ‘Save the Vowels’ Movement! No more txt spk! Who is with me?