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Do You Talk in Text-Speak?


Phrases that used to be reserved for texting, instant messaging, and personal blogging are now coming right out of our mouths! Whether it's a reflection of wanting to talk the way we type, being allowed to say things in acronym form that you couldn't otherwise (i.e., "WTF"), or if it's just the new slang, everybody's doin' it.

The Gossip Girl kids are throwing around the acronyms (so much so that their ads nearly ignited a riot), Barney Stinson is abbreviating everything, and I have even been known to let "maj" and "OMFG" slip.

What about you? Do you reserve the shortcut-speak for your typing, or do you fit this in to your everyday slang?

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tiabia tiabia 9 years
My faves are: "OMFG", "WTF" and "UGH"...I can't help's so convenient, LOL. I also use QSC (quick subject change) when I have a new thought that needs to be expressed, LOL. But I'm loving bee-tee-dubs aka BTW!!!!
Ryot Ryot 9 years
I've been saying text abbreviations as words for a couple of years now, and the vast majority of people I've worked with do, too. We don't say the letters though: LOL isn't "elle oh elle" when said out loud, it's "low'l". BRB isn't "bee are bee" it's "burb". OMG is "omgah" and OMFG is "ompf gah", ROFL is "rowful", etc. The list is actually pretty short, though. I never say the letters, and in the case of something like BTW, there's no good way to make it into a word, and just saying "by the way" is faster anyway. TTYL and IDK fall into that category too.
tlight tlight 9 years
I don't use them out loud no. Maybe you missed it, but the major cell company in Canada, Rogers, used this as a premise for their ads about 6 months ago.. the newest rendition of mom not understanding daughter.. this time its because she is using text speech.. (the funniest was the followup add, as 'Hip' grams gets into the action..) (sorry.. couldn't find it on Youtube..)
katie225 katie225 9 years
i only do it as a joke and when i'm teaching. middle schoolers think it's hilarious when i say, "oh em gee!" it gets their attention and keeps them awake.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
I'm in the other category. I speak normally 99.5% of the time. Ever so often, I'll throw in an OMG! It's disturbing (yet amusing) when my students do it both talking -one kid said "my b, Ms. G" then was amused by his rhyme- and writing. I'm harsh when it comes to their writing, though. If I see "u" on a paper, I freak.
happybunny87 happybunny87 9 years
i do include some things like ttyl but i don't use it 100%
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 9 years
If I'm in a hurry, I use abbreviations. Otherwise, I type it all in.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
sometimes i say stuff like "lol" and "brb" i mostly say "brb" though :)
herfallingstar herfallingstar 9 years
i say 'lol', 'megalolz', 'lulz', 'lmao' and 'rofl' when i take the p*ss But I say epic fail way too much
nv27 nv27 9 years
I totally find myself saying OMG and IDK. I think its funny but everyone else thinks its annoying. Oh well. I dont usually text abbreviations but I do it on IM all the time.
BostonChick BostonChick 9 years
I tend to only because I have a razor and it takes too long if you type out full words. When I get a phone with a full keyword I'll type it all out...unless it makes the message too long. haha
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 9 years
Some times it just slips out! But when I'm thinking 'i don't know' I see 'idk' in my head. And i do say 'wtf'
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I use whole words. I kind of have to.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I don't do it and I think it's kind of dumb when people do but to each his own
luckiedog luckiedog 9 years
I often say TMTH instead of "too much to handle"
marinewifey marinewifey 9 years
I say OMG, WTF, and IDK. Just to be funny when I'm with my friends.
Tech Tech 9 years
Ha, Chasing Jamie, I say "bee tee dubs" too.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
The only thing I say on a regular basis is brb. Other than that, I speak like I have passed English.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i say WTF and OMG a lot with my friend and brother to make fun of text-speak.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
sometimes I say OMG, which is hilarious because it's just as long as saying the one syllable words that make it up
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 9 years
Every now and then I'll let a "BRB" slip when I am leaving the room for a second, and then I immediately cringe. Sooo lame haha. I really only use "BRB, LOL, and WTF" when I am texting. I'm not a fan of the crazy long abbreviations. I'd rather type things out.
sader04 sader04 9 years
The only text-type speak that I use often is "WTF?" because it's much more family friendly!
neko neko 9 years
No, never. I rarely even type in text-speak as I have a deep-seated loathing for it.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
i yell GTFO and DIAF during mario kart or beer pong :)
chasingjamie chasingjamie 9 years
I say btw. some of my friends have shortened that to bee-tee-dubs. :)
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