I don't send or receive text messages. I don't know how. I don't use my cell phone hardly at all. When Joe was here last summer, he was showing me his iPhone. It does everything but make toast. He took one look at my phone and quipped, "I think I saw that in the Smithsonian".
I can understand the need to abbreviate words when texting, even when emailing. But I am so, so, SO sick of seeing Text Speak in Facebook statuses and comments. I admit that I use abbreviations as well, but not a lot. However, some of it has been getting on my nerves, especially when the text speak goes on and on within a sentence. Or two.
The comment I saw that finally pushed me over the edge was: "Thank u 4 mine. I was terrible and didn't send ne out this yr. I hope u had a good xmas". OK first off, I'm sitting there, puzzling over 'ne'. It finally occurred to me that it's an abbreviation for 'any'. She didn't send N E cards out. But this is what kills me: The person went to the trouble of typing out the entire word 'terrible', but felt the need to abbreviate a 3 letter word into 2 letters???? 'Thank' is typed out but 'you' has to be cut down to one letter? Who makes these arbitrary decisions on what to abbreviate?
Some of my younger friends will respond to me 'ty' for Thank You, and 'yw' for You're Welcome. That annoys the ever loving crap out of me. Does it really take THAT much extra effort to type out the entire words? I mean srsly, WTF? ;o)