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Old 12-02-2007, 06:40 PM   #11
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For those that say that using the abbreviations are the lazy way out, I have a question for you. Do you use contractions? If so, what is the difference?

My opinion is that the abbreviations are absolutely fine in the correct setting. Students who use them for schoolwork that is being turned in should be failed. People having an informal conversation with friends should feel no shame in using them. There is a time and place for everything and like it or not, these abbreviations are here to stay.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:42 PM   #12
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Contractions are a widely known and accepted understanding taught in school. Netspeak is not and the assumption that everyone knows all the netspeak abbreviations does what we know assuming does.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:45 PM   #13
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I disagree. Netspeak IS widely known and accepted. The difference is that it is widely known and accepted by an age group different from yours. Millions and millions of people use these terms every day constantly. There are mainstream commercials that even use them. Advertisers certainly would not spend millions of dollars on advertising campaigns if these things were not widely known and accepted.
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Well, my daughter says there's a distinct difference. Netspeak is actually text speak. I guess looking toward college she and her friends realize when typing on a full keyboard U and UR are unacceptable. I doubt the "millions and millions" are online abbreviating. I believe it's more texting rather than message boards. Several that I'm on or have been on forbid the text speak. PS ~ how old do you think I am?
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:03 PM   #15
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Well I think you are older than 12-17 which is the age group I am talking about. And I bet you would be very surprised if you went into message boards that cater to that age group as you would probably be able to understand about 1/10 of what they are saying since they do use these abbreviations in them. There are other boards that I am on where there is a large range of ages and trust me, netspeak is alive and well on them.
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I guess looking toward college she and her friends realize when typing on a full keyboard U and UR are unacceptable.
That's the most important thing right there - they DO understand that in a scholastic setting things revert back to "old school". Gosh, I just love that term
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The advertisements that use the netspeak are generally geared toward teenagers. Most of the ones I've seen, I've had to ask my daughter what they were saying. Your right there is a time and place for netspeak/textspeak.
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Well I think you are older than 12-17 which is the age group I am talking about. And I bet you would be very surprised if you went into message boards that cater to that age group as you would probably be able to understand about 1/10 of what they are saying since they do use these abbreviations in them. There are other boards that I am on where there is a large range of ages and trust me, netspeak is alive and well on them.
Well, as the mother of a 16 year old, I frequent many such boards. I have to, I monitor my daughters online usage.

The way you said "your age" made it sound like I was in a totally different age group than you.
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That is right mikki, they are. My point is that they are most certainly widely used an accepted, regardless of what demographic uses it the most.
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The way you said "your age" made it sound like I was in a totally different age group than you.
That was not intended. I was merely trying to point out that there is a demographic that has widely accepted this form of communication as perfectly valid and actually preferred. A demographic that you (and I) do not belong to.
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