Spell Check. (Originally posted on Facebook)
Grammar. At least I think that’s what you call it.
It’s sad that with the advent of technology, people have disgregarded proper grammar. Either that, or they’re simply becoming illiterate. A lot of the texts I get have people typing in sticky caps. In sHoRt, ThEy tYpE LiKe tHiS. What’s worse is that 75% of the time, they disregard vowels and interchange letters. So, In eFfCt, DeY TyPe lYk dIS. Take it to an extreme level. They drop vowels and consonants, but add a million punctuation marks. ...HenCe,,, dEy tYpE lYk dIs!!!!!!! Mind you, sometimes I get official announcements TyPeD LyK Dat. Insert facepalm here.
It’s downright migraine-inducing when the text is in Filipino. Say for example this text:
,,PwD PoH BnG MkHrM Ng nOTeS SuH sTat???,
I swear, I have gotten a text like that, and I nearly died of nosebleed. Do you really need all those extra punctuation marks before and after the text? And what the heck is pwd and mkhrm? It took me a full minute to realize that those so-called words meant “pwede” and “makahiram” respectively. I don’t understand why people can’t just text completely. Not only does it cause unnecessary confusion, it’s rude. It’s like disrespect; you can’t find the time to spare whoever you’re texting a well-worded statement. Or a few vowels at the very least. I think all cellphones have the requisite 26 letters of the alphabet and then some. Show me one that doesn’t and I will gladly eat my socks.
I know this may sound mean, but I can’t take these kinds of texters seriously. I know a lot of smart people who text this way, and it just gets me irritated because I know they can text properly, but they don’t. Some may argue that it’s for convenience’s sake. Sure, but the easy way is not necessarily the right way. And the easy way doesn’t seem like the sincere way. Like when people apologize to me through text:
....im xo xori huh???
Yeah, the intention may have been there, but I’d give this one a negative score for sincerity and impact.
What’s even more annoying is that people use improper grammar on the internet. Excuse me. Don’t you have a full keyboard with twenty-six letters and then some to type whatever you want to say completely and properly?
On my Facebook feed, some people’s posts are always in capitals. Always. I don’t know if their caps lock key is broken or stuck or something, but it gets funny/annoying to see things like:
SO WHAT ARE YOU UP TO TODAY?
SAAN TAYO MAGKIKITA BUKAS? HAHAHA.
BUY ME ON FRIENDS FOR SALE!!!!
SURE, GOD, I THINK I CAN DO THAT.
OH ****, I FORGOT ABOUT THAT. HAHAHA. THANKS FOR REMINDING ME. SEE YOU TOM.
Did anyone ever tell you that typing in capitals is synonymous to yelling? No. Well, now I’m telling you.
The same old thing happens on Facebook. The StIcKy cApS, use of a million punctuation marks.....................
I’m more concerned since some people who do this are Mass Communication students. My batchmates. How are we supposed to be good communicators if we don’t know how to communicate properly?
Matamaan ang matamaan. All I’m saying is you’re smarter than that. We’re all smarter than that. A lot has happened because of the advancement of technology, but I don’t think we should allow the negative effects to continue. After all, we are perceptive, thinking, breathing, observing, intelligent human beings. Not cockroaches. Let’s show the world that we actually put our brains to use.