Friday, April 22, 2005

Frdm of spch?

They told us all the world would soon be tlkng lke ths. Well, they were wrong. SMS language came, ruled for a while and then people discovered the dictionary function on their cell phones.

But why some people still insist on giving readers of their e-mails and messages headaches by inventing vowel-less non-words, I don't understand. Just got a mail from a friend (who I used to consider quite literate) that probably destroyed two thousand cells from my retina. It read something like this: 'u wl b gld to know tht i am mried nw and lvng in th US...' .

It might be a pretentious way of judging people, but it takes me two seconds to completely lose any respect I had for anybody who can't make the basic effort of writing decent English. I mean, nobody's asking you to be Lynne Truss, but what does it take to write simple, basic English without resorting to linguistic short-cuts that don't make sense?

And while you are at it, MS Word has a function called spell-check. Do look into it.

8 Comments:

At April 22, 2005 3:39 PM, Blogger saptak said...

Hey, I try so hard to disagree with you on something. But, here again I couldn't help but completely agree with you.

Call me a 'dinosaur'. I hate to read or write anything which is not properly cased and spelled, unless there is a specific reason not to do so.

And the reason better not be "laziness".

My advise to people is that if you are so lazy to write properly do not write.

On the topic of SMS-ing, I just find it too much work, so I respond in mono syllables or just call back.

I really get amazed when I get to a party where 40% of the people are just SMSing away holding a drink on one hand and the mobile on another. I guess they are attending the party for a few rounds of free drink. I find it exceptionally rude and uncouth.

 
At April 22, 2005 6:32 PM, Blogger Tridib said...

All Hail, The Second Coming Of The Bagchi!

 
At April 23, 2005 10:49 AM, Blogger Jabberwock said...

TMM: Agree with your other points but can't believe you're endorsing MS Word's hideous spell-check facility.

Saptak: I attend book launches for free drinks all the time. But don't judge too harshly until you've actually been to one of those events. Often the noblest, most meaningful thing you can do is hold a wine-glass in one hand and send angsty SMSs with the other.

 
At April 25, 2005 4:59 PM, Blogger saptak said...

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At April 25, 2005 5:48 PM, Blogger saptak said...

I am a pretty inefficient SMSr (0.2 characters/sec).

While I suffer at these events, I cannot stand the fact that others find an easy escape with SMS.

I hope that amply explains my dislike for the technology. ;-).

 
At April 28, 2005 11:25 AM, Blogger Jabberwock said...

You can always pretend to SMS then. That's fun too, and still more meaningful than the conversation at those events.

 
At June 03, 2005 9:20 AM, Blogger samit said...

except when i am among those present

 
At June 17, 2005 11:57 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

You are so endearingly and unapologetically self indulgent, my dear duckie.

 

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