2 day i wuz reading shit on da net and i wuz like, r u serious? I mean, i know the net iz gr8, but 4 what things?
You can no doubt read what I just wrote, however, if it made you cringe, then you are in the same boat I am. Internet shorthand is taking over online — with IM programs, on message boards, chat rooms, blogs and everywhere else people communicate online.
It’s annoying. It’s frustrating. And truthfully, it’s just freaking lazy.
How hard is it to write “for” instead of “4?” Or “today” over “2day?” Hell, ones like “wuz” crack me up because it’s the same amount of letters as “was.” And the one-letter answers or comments, such as “u r” or something like that is the most annoying.
Just spell the word out.
I was visiting a website message board today — one that is for mods for message boards and things like that. Someone came on the board requesting help and I had to read it like three times just to realize what it said. Unfortunately, I can’t find it or I’d post part of it here so you could see what I mean.
One thing is for sure — my internet lingo sucks, so me trying to really get into writing something to show my point would probably fail as bad as these kids when they are forced to write normal.
I have no problem with the normal abbreviations — LOL, brb — crap like that. It’s well-known enough that people get it and it’s almost expected to use.
But now there seem to be abbreviations for anything and everything. For example, would you know what any of these things are:
I didn’t either until Hockey_Goon did a google search and found this page of internet lingo: You too can talk in gibberish!
It seems like younger people I know who I run into online or more apt to speak like this. It’s easy, quick and they actually understand it. However, my older friends and family I speak with online don’t use it because they are either not lazy or don’t know any of it, either.
I just plead to all the people who actually use all this stuff to stop. I can’t deal with the headaches anymore!