Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Beth has a post yesterday about receiving a bill addressed to her with her name misspelled. An S was replaced by a Z and an A was missing. It got me thinking about how people misspell words while texting just to save time and characters. It made me wonder if vowels are necessary in modern writing. Sure they round things off and add accent, but for basic grunting our communications would manage just fine.

I guess vowels aren't as important as most people think.
gss vwls rn't s mprtnt s mst ppl thnk.

Do you think you could get used to this?


Blogger Beth said...

Had no trouble reading the comment you left but I'm kind of partial to vowels. I'd miss them all - a, e, i, o, u & oh yeah, sometimes y... ;)

4:39 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

And sometimes W

5:33 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

No, I could not get used to that. I won't. If my daughter sends me a text message like that I will ignore it until she sends me something in plain english. She says I need to get with the times. I told her she needs to learn to spell. Ack. I'm old.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Yeah, I work with a bunch of young texters and they don't use any punctuation even when writing something out! Fries me!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Trop said...

I suppose we could get along without vowels. But I'm an oldie and I can't make myself text in messaging shorthand.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sometimes leave out vowels when I write reminder notes to myself in "shorthand". But I would never expect someone else to have to decipher them.

8:54 AM  
Blogger RobbKidd said...

Taking about misspelling words did you purposely misspell the tittle


9:11 AM  
Blogger RobbKidd said...

Speaking of misspelling I did not mean to misspell in my comment.

9:12 AM  
Blogger mark said...

I guess I can get used to this vowel-less writing style, but not willingly. It's just another sign of the decline of civilization; right up there with slavish devotion to celebrity gossip, a pervasive lack of manners, and the fact that nobody knows where to set a salad fork at the dinner table.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Judging from the title, I thought this was going to be an article on killing VOLES ! I feel cheated !

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe.

An Aunt just sent this today. (But the vowels are all there.)

2:29 PM  
Blogger dalia said...

mmmm that's not quite how the disemvoweling works. :-)

i disemvowel depending on who i'm texting. some people don't mind. my liam feigns ignorance to all acronyms and popular abbreviations so i have to spell everything out. even if it means that i run into an overage... the things i do for love.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, you are old beyond your time.

Terri, let's not forget all the codes and symbols you use in your profession.

Trop, you're still out there! Yay!

Anon, secret coded grocery lists come to mind. Few could ever read mine.

Rob, right you are. There used to be a time when Auntie were all over my ass about misspelling by 6am and I'd fix them before the west coast readers would wake up, but they seem to have let me down.

Pretty cool Anon.

Dalia, I'll know it's true love when you start using upper case letters.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

Are you kidding? I have an aneurysm every time I see an improperly placed apostrophe!!!

12:20 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Over use of exclamation points always gets me ; )

5:20 AM  

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