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OMG, when did we start talking like txt msgs?
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110208/D9L8T17G0.html ^

Posted on 02/09/2011 8:35:25 AM PST by MNDude

NEW YORK (AP) - "ILY!" Susan Maushart's 16-year-old daughter often calls out over her shoulder as she leaves the house. Sure, actual words would be better. But Mom knows not to complain.

"A mother of teenagers is pathetically grateful for an 'I love you' no matter what form it takes," she observes.

Then there are the various forms of "LOL" that her teens use in regular parlance - it's become a conjugable verb by now. And of course, there's the saltier acronym used by son Bill: "WTF, Mom?!" But before you judge, note that former VP candidate Sarah Palin just used that one in a TV interview. And CNN's Anderson Cooper used it on his show the other night.

Acronyms have been around for years. But with the advent of text and Twitter-language, it certainly feels like we're speaking in groups of capital letters a lot more. It's a question that intrigues linguists and other language aficionados - even though they'll tell you they have absolutely no concrete research on it.

"It's fascinating," says Scott Kiesling, a socio-linguist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh. "What's interesting to me as a linguist is figuring out which words get picked up, and why. What is it that makes OMG and WTF and LOL so useful that they spread from the written to the spoken form?"

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1 posted on 02/09/2011 8:35:27 AM PST by MNDude
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To: MNDude

“OMG, when did we start talking like txt msgs?”

Wild guess: when we started texting.


2 posted on 02/09/2011 8:36:32 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: MNDude

IDK.

WTF?


3 posted on 02/09/2011 8:38:20 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: MNDude
Sarah Palin "used" it, but she was making fun of Obama's "Win the Future" slogan (WtF), playing on the general meaning of that acronym be calling his speech a "WTF" moment. Yes, it was a bit "salty", but it wasn't suggesting that it's something Sarah would use in normal conservation.
4 posted on 02/09/2011 8:39:01 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Tublecane

Laziness is at the root of all changes in language.


5 posted on 02/09/2011 8:39:11 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Almost in every business meeting our staff has I ask people to write in complete sentences, it appears to be a lost form.


6 posted on 02/09/2011 8:41:14 AM PST by Jolla
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To: MNDude

Don’t AXE me.


7 posted on 02/09/2011 8:41:29 AM PST by annieokie
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To: MNDude

you just have to adapt. I let my kids know when I am speaking in ALL CAPS!


8 posted on 02/09/2011 8:43:02 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

I think some of the devolution in culture actually takes a lot more energy than being normal.

Example: Wearing pants down to your knees means you’ll have to walk around like a penguin all day to keep your pants up, as well as constantly pulling them up. I don’t get it.


9 posted on 02/09/2011 8:44:14 AM PST by MNDude
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To: PetroniusMaximus

“Laziness is at the root of all changes in language.”

Bingo! I detest the butchering of the English language.


10 posted on 02/09/2011 8:44:31 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: MNDude

That was Barack Obama’s WTF moment. Sarah just pointed it out—and probably killed (if you’ll pardon the metaphor) Obama’s plans to introduce a spiffy new phrase to characterize his regime, in the tradition of the New Deal or the Great Society.

I suspect that Win the Future is now defunct.


11 posted on 02/09/2011 8:46:44 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Jolla

I twice asked my wife’s niece to quit emailing me in texting style (I disabled real texting apps) and she completely ignored the requests. I don’t even (attempt to) read them or even open them now. I guess the kids don’t really care if anyone reads their messages or not. Just send out stupid tweets and go back to MTV on the iPhone.


12 posted on 02/09/2011 8:48:11 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Tublecane
“OMG, when did we start talking like txt msgs?”

Ysrdy

13 posted on 02/09/2011 8:49:10 AM PST by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR since 1998.)
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To: MNDude

I’ve believed for some time this was going to ultimately destroy the English language


14 posted on 02/09/2011 8:50:25 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MNDude

WTFPWND!!!


15 posted on 02/09/2011 8:51:29 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: caver
Bingo! I detest the butchering of the English language.

I'm sure that someone from the 1880s would feel exactly the same way about your use of the language. I believe 'butchery' would have been the prefered form.

/johnny

16 posted on 02/09/2011 8:52:19 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Correct...this started ages ago in internet gaming...called “L33T” speak...


17 posted on 02/09/2011 8:53:36 AM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: MNDude

About the time we started keeping up with hugh, series news whilst in the shower.


18 posted on 02/09/2011 8:54:45 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Conservative States of America has a nice ring to it.)
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To: MNDude

I must be living in a cocoon. We have two teenage sons, both of whom text. I’ve never heard them or their friends talk in ‘text’. They write it, which saves them keystrokes, but they don’t say it.


19 posted on 02/09/2011 8:56:11 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: MNDude
But before you judge, note that former VP candidate Sarah Palin just used that one in a TV interview. And CNN's Anderson Cooper used it on his show the other night.

OMG like when did events on TV change the standards by which we should judge?
20 posted on 02/09/2011 8:56:57 AM PST by posterchild
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To: MNDude

L8R Dude..............


21 posted on 02/09/2011 8:57:13 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Ebonics? Pidgin English?.....


22 posted on 02/09/2011 8:57:50 AM PST by himno hero
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To: MNDude

OMGLOLWTFBBQ!!!!!!!!1111one

;)


23 posted on 02/09/2011 8:57:53 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Regulation without representation is tyranny.)
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To: cripplecreek

PMSL


24 posted on 02/09/2011 8:58:26 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Regulation without representation is tyranny.)
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To: caver

One could argue that much of the English Language is a result of the butchering of other languages.


25 posted on 02/09/2011 8:58:26 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: annieokie

IDK, IDC, SIUYA.


26 posted on 02/09/2011 8:59:27 AM PST by Waco (From Seward to Sara)
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To: Cicero

“I suspect that Win the Future is now defunct.”

Maybe now Obama will start an organization calles Save The Future United.


27 posted on 02/09/2011 9:00:14 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Regulation without representation is tyranny.)
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To: MNDude

I thought ILY meant “i like yogurt”.


28 posted on 02/09/2011 9:00:49 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: MNDude
I think some of the devolution in culture actually takes a lot more energy than being normal.

ever talk to a welfare momma? eventually you'll hear that they often put more work into not working than they would if they had a normal job.
29 posted on 02/09/2011 9:01:52 AM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: AFreeBird
One could argue that much of the English Language is a result of the butchering of other languages.

A better argument is that every army that ever conquered Britain integrated their own vocabulary into what was already there. It wasn't an act of butchering by the natives.

English is a mongrel language, but it became so through acts of violence.

30 posted on 02/09/2011 9:03:56 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

“Laziness is at the root of all changes in language.”

Not true:

“WTF?” — Five syllables

“What The F***?” — Three syllables

“Huh?” — One


31 posted on 02/09/2011 9:04:59 AM PST by Hunton Peck (I am required to warn you that this metaphor is registered as a deadly weapon in 32 states.)
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To: MNDude

Back in the late 70’s I was big into CB radio. I would always get a chuckle when some of the people I would meet would talk in the same slang as they did on the air - “Got that, good buddy?” or “that’s a big 10-4.”

I guess txt talking is the successor to that.


32 posted on 02/09/2011 9:05:03 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: MNDude

By the way, many of you would probably enjoy this Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Correct-Spelling-Punctuation-and-Apostrophe-Use/74280614587


33 posted on 02/09/2011 9:05:10 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: Think free or die
I must be living in a cocoon. We have two teenage sons, both of whom text. I’ve never heard them or their friends talk in ‘text’. They write it, which saves them keystrokes, but they don’t say it.

Exactly, we expect our grandchildren to speak properly, they're not allowed to sit there and text while visiting, they are to DO things and visit, to MAKE things with their hands instead of mindless texting and computer nonsense.

I have a shop and my wife gets them sewing things for their parents on special occasions, it has worked out well and has been fun.

34 posted on 02/09/2011 9:05:32 AM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: MNDude

IDK but we’ve had FUBAR far longer than txtg.


35 posted on 02/09/2011 9:07:25 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: MNDude

AJNTSA!


36 posted on 02/09/2011 9:08:07 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: MindBender26

GMTA.


37 posted on 02/09/2011 9:08:17 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: brushcop
...to MAKE things with their hands instead of mindless texting and computer nonsense.

I mean this in no confrontational way, but I found this comment ironic and funny.

38 posted on 02/09/2011 9:09:14 AM PST by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: Jolla

“I ask people to write in complete sentences, it appears to be a lost form.”

For sure!

;)


39 posted on 02/09/2011 9:09:45 AM PST by Frank_2001
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To: MNDude

Some of us used some of the misnamed “text message” abbreviations 20-30 years ago on email, usenet, and BBS.


40 posted on 02/09/2011 9:10:57 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Tublecane

EIEIO...


41 posted on 02/09/2011 9:12:35 AM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Good point!


42 posted on 02/09/2011 9:14:18 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: MNDude

“Wearing pants down to your knees means you’ll have to walk around like a penguin all day to keep your pants up, as well as constantly pulling them up. I don’t get it.”

That’s not as difficult as you might think, and is offset by other advantages. For instance, more room means more comfort. Also, it’s a lot easier not to bother learning your actual size.


43 posted on 02/09/2011 9:14:36 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: MNDude

I <3 TXT speak.


44 posted on 02/09/2011 9:15:03 AM PST by StrictTime (I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused.)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Well, England did it’s fair share of conquering too, so it would be safe to assume that they also picked up verbiage from the conquered and integrated into their own, and/or the conquered picked up some of the English and butchered it some more.

But yea, were all mongrels and mutts.


45 posted on 02/09/2011 9:15:51 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Waco

Whaaaat? lol


46 posted on 02/09/2011 9:15:54 AM PST by annieokie
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To: Tublecane

I wonder if text message “language” would have been so prevelant if smart phones or texting phones with keyboards (virtual or otherwise) became popular before (or is it b4?) text messaging did.

I have to think the difficulty of typing messages on a phone keypad (which requires 1 to 3 keystokes per letter) was a big contributor to the creation of and popularity text message abbreviations.


47 posted on 02/09/2011 9:16:34 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: MNDude

One of the favorites as a tactical radar controller was FIO...Figure it Out...and the other when a fighter wanted to argue with my suggested vector, was KMAC YOYO. Kiss My . Charlie, Your On Your Own.


48 posted on 02/09/2011 9:17:23 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“I’ve believed for some time this was going to ultimately destroy the English language”

There are all sorts of dangers, texting being merely one. There’s also general cultural decline, the official abandonment of the value of standard grammar by linguistic authorities, illeteracy, community and family dissolution (thereby reducing opportunities for extended conversation), the obsession with youth, the “poetry” of popular music, television, and especially the internet. My personal bette noir is the common currency of new words deriving from typos, e.g. “pwned” and “teh.” They make me think I’m living in as Dark Age.


49 posted on 02/09/2011 9:20:03 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Buckeye McFrog

illeteracy = illiteracy

Please ignore the irony of this simple mistake.


50 posted on 02/09/2011 9:21:10 AM PST by Tublecane
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