Text Messaging Shorthand vs. Written Grammar – Don’t Confuse the Two When Writing Formally
Posted on February 17, 2014 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
First, I’d like to share my views about texting in general. Texting is a great way to stay in communications because it’s quick and easy and you have time to formulate your thoughts before you rush off a response – as with email. Provided you’re not driving and texting, it’s not harmful to your health. Personally, I do not text. I am an email person. I’m sure my younger colleagues think that’s old school, but in my personal view, a) texting is a game, b) texting all day long is an addiction, c) texting is ridiculous since Thomas Edison invented the telephone – so I don’t get it.
If you are a “texter,” then you’re probably up to speed on all the “text messaging shorthand.”
That said, when writing important letters and emailing, please remember to write formally with good grammar and spelling. Thank goodness for spelling and grammar checking in most email software. When applying for that dream job, remember there are human resource directors who will not be very forgiving when it comes to typos, let alone someone spelling “you’re” as “ur.”