This morning... one of my mad as girlfriends updated her fb status to simply: :-)
I just typed my second ever symbol face... the first was in a comment to Mel's status update, that read:
":-P - Would you believe that's the first symbol face I've ever pulled anywhere?"
I can't believe I'm about to admit this (I'm a speed typer from way back) but I just spent about 15 seconds of my time looking at her FB page, then at the keyboard, then at this screen while I typed those 3 ridiculous symbols. You see, I'm what you'd refer to as a cyber speak and emoticon virgin.
Yeah... I'm so not down with cyber speak/internet slang/text language. I don't care in the least if other people use them, but I much prefer writing haha, rather than lol. I just don't get some of them! Often I find myself googling what the fuck they mean the first time around. Ahhhh it's just too much work for too little return!
Why bother working out how to abbreviate rolling on the floor pissing myself laughing, into ROTFPML - it takes so much more time! You've gotta think about what your trying to say, then cutting it down, then looking at the keyboard for the keys to type (because you've never written those letters in that sequence before - let alone all in caps) when all you really have to do is this... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah Now seriously, how much easier was that!
I can honestly say, except for the very odd occasion when I need to fit heaps of info into one text, I never use text abbreviations either... No 'c u', or 'wknd' or '4' or '2' and certainly never L8R.
I'm not going to get all self righteous and nasty on your arse because you use abbreviations on a regular basis... the fact of the matter is that I could care less. It doesn't offend me... Most of the time I can even understand what your saying. I just can't bring myself to do it, that's all.
Now, I'm no lyrical genius and I'm certainly not a professor of the English language. Hell! I don't even remember what the difference between a verb, adverb and noun is (I exaggerate - I kind of do), and I've probably misspelt your/you're around 10 times throughout this blog! But there is something nice about typing the full word... I get a certain satisfaction from doing a job, and doing it properly. I guess I'm not a short cut kind of girl... in any sense of the word.