I’ve played a lot of mmorpg (massively multiplayer online role playing game) games. For those that don’t know what that is, it’s basically a big game world that people from all over the world play in. There are lots of different ones, and the one (which I’ve never played) that most people would probably recognize is World of Warcraft. Anyway, being a writer, I have this huge pet peeve with people who can’t seem to use the English language properly when they type in the in game chat. Here’s some examples of what I’m talking about.
ur = your or you’re
plz = please
lvl = level
prt = party
lfp = looking for party
omfg = oh my f**king god
stfu = shut the f**k up
Now, you’ll see text abbreviations like this used in cell phone text messages, in internet chats, e-mails and pretty much anywhere casual conversations are typed out. It’s really permeated the language, and it’s an extremely bad thing. First of all, it doesn’t reinforce the proper use of the language, but it also promotes laziness in communications. When I see people use abbreviations like this, I don’t go out of my way to help them at all. If they’re too lazy to speak (type) the words out properly, then I guess I’m too lazy to help them out in any way.
Something else that irritates me is when I see people write stuff who don’t know the difference between the word “then” and the word “than”. Where the hell were you in kindergarten when the rest of us were learning proper vocabulary? You must have been the ones sniffing the rubber cement or eating paste over in the corner.
Ok, last time for you people…
Example of THEN:
I am going to the bathroom and THEN I’m going to bitch some more about your improper use of the English language.
Example of THAN:
People who can use the language properly are smarter THAN the ones who can’t.
If you can’t tell the difference after those two examples, then you should just learn a different language, because English isn’t for you.
Anyway, that’s just something that eats at me when I see it. I don’t know why people have to be so lazy. How the hell hard is it to type a few extra characters and actually write out words like “please” or “people”?
Jeez people, come on. Using the language like that isn’t going to serve you well as you go through life. Put a little effort into using the language properly and people will respect both you and your intelligence a lot more.(Current Mood: irritated)