TNX OM E 73S CUL
I think it should be TNX OM ES 73 CUL
Is texting so new, and have abbreviations just started to bother people?
It's not about texting; I understand the limitations of the keypad and message length. Abbreviations and shortcuts have their place. I consider the intelligent use of abbreviations, prosigns and Q signals to be one of the marks of the truly good CW operator - on CW.
What I and others are on about is the apparent increase in mistakes of word use and punctuation. Many of those mistakes take more keystrokes than doing it the right way! ("Loose" is longer than "lose", the all-caps "HAM" requires the shift key, etc.).
When I was only operating CW, we knew who was on a keyboard, VS a straight key by their verbosity.
Spelling and grammar are important, however, in most casual communications they take a back seat to efficient speed of thought transfer.
Doing it the right way is more efficient IMHO. See above examples.
If the fact that someone is spelling poorly, or using poor grammar is upsetting, maybe we should relax and remember, they are not getting paid to write.
I think people should try to do things the right way regardless of whether they're being paid. In the case of writing, it shows respect for oneself and for the reader. What's most aggravating is when it becomes apparent that the writer not only doesn't know (ignorance) but doesn't care (apathy/disrespect).
Here's an analogy:
Suppose I invite you to my house for burgers and hot dogs on the grill. And you find that the burgers are dry and overdone, while the hot dogs are barely warm. It turns out I didn't even try to cook them properly, I just tossed everything on the grill and hoped for the best.
Would that be OK because I wasn't being paid to cook?
Some years back I encountered a ham online whose spelling, grammar and punctuation were truly awful. He'd spell the same word incorrectly three different ways in the same paragraph! It took serious effort to read his stuff.
People would ask, beg, plead for him to use a spellchecker, but he didn't. After repeated questions, it came out that he knew his stuff was awful all along. He didn't use a spellchecker or grammar checker because it would slow him down too much. He said that his time was too valuable for him to waste it fixing up his many errors. He said his words and thoughts were so important that the reader should do the fixing.
The response from readers was that we simply stopped reading his stuff. It was just too much work, and why bother when the writer didn't respect the reader enough to even try to get it right?
73 de Jim, N2EY