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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 4:04:21 AM

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These are the top 'suggested' searches from Google, based on the initial words "How an an individual . . ." and "How can u . . ."

Seems to be a major cultural gap.



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Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 4:16:35 AM
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That's awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 7:45:33 AM

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That distinction could be a very useful addition to the actuary's tool-kit. It would seem that health and medical insurance brokers might be well-advised to require a short essay as part of the application process;-)
NKM
Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 9:36:30 AM

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"You" is English.

"U" is Dutch/Flemish/Afrikaans.

Peter O'Connor - Dundalk
Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 10:32:10 AM

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I use both (and I'm Dutch speaking too) but U is used in texting (txtng) and you more formally.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 11:22:19 AM

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NKM wrote:
"You" is English.

"U" is Dutch/Flemish/Afrikaans.

But when writing English, you do not use the Dutch 'U'.
NKM
Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 11:34:28 AM

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True, of course, and I didn't mean to seriously suggest otherwise.

When writing in English I use the English "you".

When texting, or sending Morse code, or scribbling a quick note, one uses informal abbreviations and/or contractions.
Ham radio operators invented a lot of those (including "u" for "you") long before the internet existed.

73 - CUL

PureBlueLight
Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 9:44:43 AM

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Writing words correctly is the way to write, "you" is a word, "u" is a letter, those who do not write words correctly, are ruining the languages they use.
tunaafi
Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 11:10:37 AM

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As a result of my age and education I am moderately formal in the way I speak and write, but forms such as 'u', 'b4', etc, seem fine in texting. People have been complaining about 'modern' usages harming the language for centuries. It hasn't stopped the language changing. Wouldst that we spake and penned in the wise of yesteryear?
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I still remember my, erm, surprise when I came across a sign like this one:



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tootsie
Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 6:08:21 PM

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IMcRout wrote:
I still remember my, erm, surprise when I came across a sign like this one:



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Yes, quite rightly so, but did you buy the boat? (lol)


thar
Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 10:23:17 PM

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There was a fad, a very long time ago, for people (I think young ladies in particular) to write letters using pictures to represent words or sounds. Not short versions - much more complicated than simply writing.
I think it is an innate fascination with language which leads people to play with it. And English is far more amenable to this than many other languages, with such a vast vocabulary from different sources, and interchangeable nouns and verbs.
This is not a new phenomenon. I don't think it signals an end to literacy! Just playin' wid it.

But it is interesting to note they ask how u catch herpes. Not how you avoid catching herpes. I think the horse has bolted in those cases!

I wonder what you get if you search "how do ewe...?" Think



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Romany
Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:17:50 PM
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To me txt spk is just a code - no different to any other quick way to write. Like Pitman's shorthand.

Usually we're messaging on the run, or in a conversation - the key-strokes for "b4" are MUCH quicker that "before" so it's practical. And of course, in the kind of social media which limits key-strokes, it's a vital tool of communication.

But, just as we continued to write correctly after short-hand was invented, I'm sure the language itself isn't going to suffer.

But I do think its usage in social forums - especially those on a dictionary site - is both ill-conceived and exclusionary.

And, already, the language is being enriched and added to as 'I lolled' and "I roffled" have entered the spoken language.
tunaafi
Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:53:04 PM

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Romany wrote:
And, already, the language is being enriched and added to as 'I lolled' and "I roffled" have entered the spoken language.


If that's enrichment, I was happier poor.

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