Too Lazy To Speak

The DJ on the radio had an interesting topic today about people's obsessions with text messaging. Now this is a Top 40 station, with the listener demographic running from early teen to middle-age.

A lot of callers chimed in with stories about their kids text messaging each other while in the SAME room, or while AT the Christmas dinner table. Then one adolecent called in to defend texting by saying "it taught kids to read!"


The DJ quickly put the girl in her place by asking her to read her last two messages.

The first one?

"Hey" (Wow, now that WAS important).

The second one?

"What are you doing later?" (Another earth-shattering emergency message).

Then he asked her if "You" was spelled "U". Um, yeah, she sheepishly admitted it was.

"And was "Are" spelled "R"?" he further queried? Of course it was!

Her defense?

"I said it taught kids to READ, not SPELL."


TextingBut the best one was the fellow who phoned in to say while on a date, his female friend actually said "LOL" to his face.

That was the end of the date for him.

I had to shake my head at how lazy people are becoming... using acronyms instead of attempting to speak properly to each other in real life.

How sad, I thought...

... until I remembered what I did today while taking the dog out the back door for her morning constitutional.

I told all three cats sitting in the kitchen waiting for their breakfast:


Yes, I SAID "BRB".


Oh, Gad.

Yeah, they sure won't understand that.

I mean, really. They don't even HAVE thumbs to text message.

Confused Cats

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Phoenix5 said...

u crak me up lol

Sorry, just HAD to do it! Couldn't resist! Nope, the temptation was just too strong!

I so agree with you on this subject! (And your cat photo was PRICELESS!) I really get frustrated when my younger friends use the lazy way to type things in messages to me. I will admit to using some of the acronyms when using an instant messenger, but never anything else. (Except up at the top of this message, but that was a special case!) As for texting, I'm not a big fan, but sometimes it does have its uses.

I've NEVER used an texting acronym in speech though! That was TOO funny! Thanks for the chuckles!

Bruce Johnson said...

Cats have telepathy....they don't need 'devices' like us humans. Who is the smarter creature?

Megan said...

This is one of my biggest pet peeves! Not texting, but when people use text slang in everyday conversation. The other day I said, "Oh Mmm Gee!" I almost smacked myself! Awful, I know.

AshPup said...

Auntie Maureen, if I have learned *anything* from the internets, it's that Cats ONLY use broken English dripping with grammatical mistakes and text slang! I can has retracshun of statement kthxbye?

And, BTW, FYI, it is/was so incredibly lazy/uncool/juvenile to spell out text acronyms in speech that it has rounded the corner of lameness and come back to be cool, only if laced with an ironic intent. It's also funny to spell out the ones that actually take longer to say than to type, for instance if you playfully insult a co-worker and you are not sure they understood that you were joking, simply tell them "forward slash sarcasm!" and nobody's feelings get hurt :o)

Who am I kidding, don't listen to me considering that I live in a bubble specially designed to house nerds, a so-called "nerd reservation". I'll leave it to the rest of you to determine what's cool, ha!

Maureen said...

Phoenix5: LOL!! See, you can do it here; that's acceptable... but if we ever meet face to face, you must actually, Laugh Out Loud. Thank you.

Lotus07: Oh, I already know that the majority of the so-called animal kingdom are far superior to us humans...

Megan: OMG No!!!!

Ashley: Har! (I mean, LOL!) Yeah, one of my favorite sites is LOL Cats... I should have remembered that.

What amazes me is all the effort it takes to text when you can just as easily speak and/or leave voice messages. I don't get it.

"Nerd Reservation"... I'll have to remember that one... and tease you about it the next time you're back here!

Cupcake Blonde said...

Hee hee, you are like the living embodiment of those text messaging commercials. Like the one with the two girls and the granny all talking in code while playing Scrabble with their mom. Those crack me up all the time!

Casdok said...

I had to laugh!!! :)

Irene said...

That's great, Maureen. Thankfully I have not gotten as bad as that, but yours did make for a funny moment. Your cats do look very puzzled on the photograph.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

As much as I love technology and the ilk, I hate the texting craze. Hate it. It's just another ploy by Verizon to take over the world.

Peggy Sez.. said...


Sorry,but really I have:
One Black Cat
One Siamese(looking)white and grey cat.
One Tabby cat....Strange ;p

Janet said...

Love it!! :-) Thx for the grin today, Maureen!

Kathy said...

Funny, funny, funny, Maureen!!! Love the kitty pic, too. Their expressions are perfect for their thoughts. Hilarious!

Unknown said...

Haha! I'm guilty, too. I've said BRB. I've also said WTF, especially when the babies are within ear shot.

That said, I despise texting and it's from my MSN chatting days. The language really does stick with you.

Ryzmomplus2 said...

that was too funny and I love the cats!

Stacey said...

Ha! As much as we despise it it seems that we all fall victim to the "teen speak".

I blame it on my 15 & 13 yr old stepdaughters.

Canadian flake said...

omg this is toooooooo funny...thanks for the giggles.

Jill said...

Too funny! I wish I could text my cats sometimes...

Cheri said...

Oh Gad, LOVE the cat saying WTF!? Made me LOL for real, in addition to typing LOL right here;)

toners said...

What a gr8 post!! :)

Momo Fali said...


Ed & Jeanne said...

Funny...and sad. My theory is that in 50 to 100 years there will be no languages; just a hybrid of acronyms and slang used globally.

LunaNik said...




Did you get that?

Maureen said...

VP: I know the one you mean! I thought about that after I wrote the post!

Casdok: Don’t you mean LOL??

Sweet Irene: Yeah… they look that way a lot…

CGG: Har! Verizon, and all the other cell providers.

Peggy Sez: OMG too! You have the same trio? Cool!

JP: Yer welcome! ‘Bout time I reciprocated!

Kathy: Thx. :D

Huckdoll: Yeah, around kids you have to watch what you say. Before you know it, they’ll be regurgitating all your not-so-favorite sayings!

Rymomplus2: Merci!

Worker Mommy: Yeah, those teens will do it to ya ever’ single time.

Canadian Flake: Your welcome ;)

Jill: I wonder what they’d text back, though?

Cheri: Har! LOL too!

Toners: THX!

Momo Fali: ROTFLMAO 2.

VE: You’re probably right.

Lunanik: I’ll take a stab: TISFU: That Is So Funny You?

Heather said...

OK this was too funny. I love the photo of kitty confusion at the end. Thanks for the laugh! :)

Annaelise said...

As a teen, I would love to explain my saide of the story. We are shockingly underrepresented on this post. :)
So. First of all, 'lol' 'lmfao' and 'rotfl' are not always used to literally mean what they stand for. 'lol' and 'lmfao' are really just there to acknowledge something funny. it does not mean we laughed out loud. It's common textiquette, really. If someone cracks a joke, you have to acknowledge it SOMEHOW. Also, i personally use perfectly normal english while texting (although, i admit, my letters may not be capitalized where they ought to be) my friends use proper spellings when they text me.. though that might be because they know i'll flip my lid if they say "omg 2fny hey btw ru f2nt?"

also, i want to take a stab at LunaNik... TISFU...That is so f***ed up?? just a guess. not one i've ever used... lol. :)

and, unlike most of you adults, i have never used 'lol' or 'brb' in actual conversation. ahhh the thought is painful.
the only text-speak i ever use while speaking is "FML" which is because if i said the real words, i might get in trouble.

plus, for fun, here are a few acronyms you may or may not be familiar with...

and i did not notice anyone seize the opportunity to say "TF" or "2fny" but oh well. you missed out :)

and finally, the reason we text? it's much more surreptitious, and the adults can't hear it. i have, on many occasions, texted my older sister while we're both trapped in the backseat of the car. why, you may ask? because we don't want mom and dad to hear. we also text under the table (though not generally each other), which is totally unnoticed, as we can text without looking at the phone.

THE BEST WEBSITE!! K, not really. but oh well.

Maureen said...

Thank you for the help Annika! And yes, it is only fair to hear the other side... I wish I had some way of speaking to my peers when the adults were in the room. We only had pig-latin, and that didn't work.

And you got me on all those new acronyms; I guess I need to really visit that site! Ha!

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