Friday, November 18, 2011


So I'm on Facebook when I come across this status update: (copy & pasted as is)
"ok its almost deceember shewww time flys when ur havn fun lmao just found out the 2 most beautiful woman in my family are gonna plan my baby shower for febuary yayyy so excited and thanks 2 my bff for finding out where tons of noahs arc baby stuff is love u myra =) now gotta get addresses and figure out who im inviting so excdited =)"

This type of word butchery is routine for her. It drives me up a wall, really. However, I found it rather comical that the first comment of said status update was from her, making a correction:
"*excited lol"

Yes, because out of all the words she misspelled, lack of punctuation, lack of capitalization, etc. excited is the one she just had to make sure was correct.

I'm fortunate to have the majority of my friends on Facebook write properly. They'll form complete sentences, spell out the words you/your/to/the (rather than u/ur/2/da), and generally write like grown people should. I'm far from perfect when it comes to writing, but I don't, under any circumstances write like the woman above or another friend of mine on Facebook:
"so....this ankle thing is plucking my last nerve lls why i go 4 dr appt he tells me i need xray n now i have a stress brake on top my foot lmao doctors theses days woooow so now i have had 2 broken bones in foot n never had a cast now wat is wrong here no wonder i cnt get better bad day goin 2 bed . Oh but got hair cut by liza n it looks so good thanxs gurl =)"

Both of these women are adults. Women in their 30's, writing like this on Facebook. Maybe I'm an asshole but I just feel this is completely unacceptable. Wat? Really? She couldn't put in one more fucking letter to spell it properly? Yet she could spell out the whole word wonder?

Do they think it makes them look cool to write this way? Because I just don't understand WHY anyone would go through the trouble and effort to purposely write like an idiot. And it is trouble and effort if you think about it. It takes more effort mentally to intentionally misspell words than it does to spell them correctly. Well, it does for me anyway. Maybe with some practice I could get good at writing like an idiot, but why would I want to do that?

Am I just being an old fuddy-duddy over this shit?

Deep Throat of the Day: Would I be a dick to defriend them just because they write like idiots?


Andrea said...

I think I've made no secret of the fact that shit like that irritates the complete shit out of me.

It hurts my brain to read it. It hurts my brain to try to replicate it. It hurts!!

I had a dude contact me recently, who is 41, that spoke like that. One sentence emails, luckily, but they were all written like that. Gross. "I lik ur photo. Wud u lik 2 meet?" Ugh.

It doesn't make you look cool in my opinion. It makes you look like an idiot.

If you're a fuddy duddy, then I'm likely the duddiest of them all.

Jim McKee said...

It is irritating, no doubt about it. If it were me, I would not de-friend them... Maybe I might rub off on them, even if just a little?

But that's just me, and I wouldn't think less of you if you did.

Andrea said...

Oh, also, I've defriended people for less than writing like idiots.

If I've gotten to the point that I feel like I need to block your crap, then what's the point. That's just how I look at it.

But I'm also an asshole, so...yeah.

April said...

Andrea-we'll be assholes together then!

Jim-How do you suggest I rub off on them? Obviously the fact that I don't write like they do isn't doing it, so if I can help them without offending them, please let me know. I'd LOVE to get them to see the light.

~ Eclectic Enchantress ~ said...

One sad thing is that for some people, I don't think they even know they can't spell, punctuate, use grammar, et al. I am amazed at how poorly people write these days. In all sorts of venues...not just social networking.

Personally, when it comes to helping people write well, I tend to consistently correct their mistakes, even if it pisses them off. It's the parent part of me. I learned it from my mom.

In general though, if people write me emails or IMs and it's in that garbled, uneducated, lazy way of writing, I won't always bother to answer. They might not understand me you see.

Randi said...

You can always just unsubscribe from them. That shit drives me insane. I have one adult that writes like that and I literally take it as a personal challenge to translate it.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, the epidemic of this type moronic behavior is exactly what keeps me out of facebook.