“With Morse code, to make an “s” you needed only three key presses.”

I, too, am generally annoyed by the conventions of text messaging.  But I’m smart enough not to put my curmudgeonery on display in a book review in the New Yorker, unlike some I could name.

Here’s my advice: if you don’t want to send text messages, don’t.   If you want to send them but you want to meticulously spell out every word and phrase and use perfect punctuation, do.  If you’re afraid text messaging is going to destroy the English language as we know it, then take a copy of the OED and as much Spam as you can carry into a top secret underground bunker, and stay down there until the threat has vanished. Quickly!  There isn’t much time!  Go!  Go!

Meanwhile, in the unlikely event someone under 30 is reading this, he or she is probably trying to figure out what all the fuss is about, and wondering y old ppl r so dum.

Anyway, even if you think you know where you stand on this subject, you should probably read the review, as the text abbreviations from other countries are worth your time.

-Norm De Plume

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Published in: on October 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

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