Text Speak - txt spk

There seems to have been a lot more "text speak" and other abbreviated language in posts recently. Please avoid this so that others can read your contributions more readily.

Many people suffering from thyroid issues struggle enough reading properly written replies without struggling to interpret lots of shortened "words". Shortened forms which make perfect sense to you, the poster, at the time, might make little sense to someone else, whose first language possibly isn't English, and who might be feeling awful and brain-fogged.

In order to give an example of the difficulty of understanding slang/text speak, I have converted the above into a form of text speak:

ther sEmz 2 hav Bin a lot mo "text speak" & othR abbreviated lngwij n posts recntly. pls avoid DIS so dat others cn rED yor contributions mo readily.

mNE ppl suffering frm thyroid isUz struggle Enuf reading properly RitN replies w/o struggling 2 interpret lots of shortnD "words". shortnD forms whch mAk perfect senS 2 you, d poster, @ d time, mite mAk ltl senS 2 SOME1 else, whuz 1st lngwij possibly isn't English, & hu mite b fEln awful & brain-fogged.

Thank you

[ A repeat posting of a blog I last posted around eight months ago. ]

5 Replies

  • Oh that's what it was!

    I thought I was going mad, didn't realize all the stuff I couldn't read was text speak!

  • Well said helvella!

  • Fully agree ,it is juvenile as well as illiterate and hard going for old folk like me.

  • I so agree. I refuse to answer questions in that format.

  • Thank you Helvella!

    I find text speak annoying. The other issue is that you are unlikely to get the correct advice, or any advice at all if your posting is illegible! x

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