I wish that

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I wish that

I wish that everybuggy would stop using IM slang. In my opinion, things like "ur joke is awesome. LOL. G2G" are sloppy and hard to read.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(August 20, 2008 - 7:43 pm)

First of all, it no longer matters, because the English language is so messy nowadays and they aren't that hard to read.

submitted by Simon K., age 13, New York
(August 20, 2008 - 8:25 pm)

Yeah, and they save time so people don't have to type for so long.  Probably how they originated is because some texting costs are determined by word count or message length.  You need to use fewer words so that you don't have to pay as much money.  And, isn't it easier to type "u" than "you", or "r" than "are"?  If you have a problem with the slang, there are Web sites that can translate the slang into English.  I would write the name of one of them, but Web sites can't be posted as a spam issue.  But you can just Google it.

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(August 21, 2008 - 11:58 am)


I agree with you FULLY! I was just thinking the other day, text message talk is a waste of time!!!! Most of the words that kids use that are in txt language, just are normal words with one or two letters out! Is it THAT hard to write full words?! Like the word txt: it's just the full word text with the letter e out of it!!! I never understood it, and doubt that I ever will. When kids write like that, I don't know what they're saying! I'd rather have real words any day.:)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 12, California
(August 20, 2008 - 10:53 pm)

Right. In my opinion, it's just fine for IMing people, but for things like this Cricket forum, it's annoying.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(August 21, 2008 - 4:53 pm)

I'm glad to know that someone else agrees with me!!!  Why not just type the whole word?  Is it really that hard?  It just makes you look unintelligent!!  Emily, we agree on about every single thing!!! 

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(August 25, 2008 - 4:52 pm)

Really! I think we could be friends. But *sniff* we live thousands of miles apart.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(August 30, 2008 - 11:57 am)


submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(August 31, 2008 - 3:35 pm)

Yeah, it is pretty sad that you guys have so much in common and like the same things, but live SO far apart.:( But look on the bright side:you can still talk to each other on Chatterbox!:)

submitted by Kimberly B. , age 12, California
(August 31, 2008 - 9:20 pm)

Thanks for trying to cheer us up.  You're nice, too.

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 3, 2008 - 1:43 pm)


submitted by Kimberly B, age 12 (almost, California
(September 3, 2008 - 3:53 pm)


submitted by Paige P. :), age 12 :), Gorham, Maine :
(September 4, 2008 - 7:14 pm)

Isn't there a test that they did where they found out that kids who used that kind of slang couldn't spell as well? Just Curious.

submitted by Phoenix, age 12, The U.S.A.
(September 4, 2008 - 2:53 pm)

I don't know, but I'm sure you're right!

submitted by Paige P., age 12 :), Gorham, Maine
(September 4, 2008 - 7:13 pm)

Well, I thought I heard of something where it was turning up on reports and things... At least teachers are worried that it will.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(September 4, 2008 - 7:33 pm)

I totally agree about the IM language thing! It drives me bonkers when I get e-mails written all in lowercase or without punctuation. You're right, it does make people look unintelligent, or too lazy to write a full word. I respect e-mails more that I get that are written properly. Punctuation and the English language were invented for a reason, so why not use them?

submitted by Allison P., age 12, Orlando, FL
(November 7, 2008 - 5:05 pm)