We’re all totally guilty of talking this way. Maybe it’s about time we speak with some more conviction… you know?
At least we’re cognizant of these superfluous colloquialisms that inhibit our ability to fully articulate ourselves… right? Haha, I won’t bombarde you with any more rants. After all, it is a Monday. #mondays
“wud u send me ur notes fr class 2day? I cudnt go cuz i 4got 2 set my fone”
Bet you’ve encountered poorly crafted texts like this before, right? Are you, too, beginning to wonder where any shred of etiquette has gone since 2000, when people started texting. Back then it was cool to use shorthand to keep texts 160 characters, but now it should be pretty cheap to write everything you need. Here are some quick tips on how to text well:
Logical abbreviations you might use in an email, like Fri, Sat, Sun
Common acronyms like OMG, LOL, NVM that even your parents might understand after one explanation
The occasional emoticon, just don’t go overboard – two per text are plenty!
Unnecessary acronyms, because even hbu is very a/s/l, you know, like in those creepy MySpace messages you got back in middle school
Numbers in words: L8R is so Avril Lavigne circa 2002 in “Sk8er Boi”
Most important: DO NOT press send before double-checking the “Send To” box!
In general, if you have enough characters, write it right! Your thumbs won’t be any more sore from tapping those extra two or three letters, and you’ll look less like an airhead when you actually know the difference between your and you’re, instead of just copping out with a ur.