I'd Like To Buy A Vowel ~ Help With Texting

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Text PhoneI sometimes think in my Real Estate career I should have snatched up Vanna White as an assistant long before Pat Sajak latched on to her with Wheel of Fortune. Not only would I get more male clients because of her persistently good looks even with getting older but she could help me deciphering the world of texting.

   Can I buy a vowel Vanna?

Texting is here to stay, particularly in communication with the latter Gen X and all the Gen Y generations. The funny thing is many love to be cryptic when SENDING a text but when RECEIVING one when you don't know what they are saying you feel like a dummy. How about you? Can you decipher many of these? Good luck.

1) TTYL8R

2) ROTFL

3) CSThnknAU

4) @TEOTD

5) TTFN

6) IMHO

7) CWYL

8) DQMOT

9) 2G2B4G

10) ALOL

 Text Cartoon

ANSWERS

1 Talk to you later

2 Rolling on the floor laughing

3 Can't stop thinking about you

4 At the end of the day

5 Ta-ta for now

6 In my humble opinion

7 Chat with you later

8 Don't quote me on this

9 Too good to be forgotten

10 Actually laughing out loud

RATING

0-2: U R a Luddite.

3-6: Good, but you need a little textual healing.

7-10: A bona fide text maniac - get a life.

 

Funny thing is, with unlimited text plans by many can't we "speak" a little more clearly? Nope. That's wouldn't be as cool.  ROTFL!!!

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Hurt, VA

HI GW-IMHO @TEOTD & DQMO-U HAVE 2 MAKE THE CHOICE THAT IS BEST 4U <smile>

Jan 09, 2010 02:10 PM #15
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Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

Hi, Gary. This is a great post and I really enjoyed it. Learned a thing or two, too!

Jan 09, 2010 04:00 PM #16
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Well, I learned what some of the ab's are for.  I have never sent a text yet.  I guess I just have to continue speaking english!

Jan 09, 2010 04:02 PM #17
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Donna J. Stephens
BHHS Ambassador Real Estate - Omaha, NE
CRS

Remember SWAK? When we actually wrote letters?

I only hope young people learn to spell and use English somewhat properly.

LTP!AU (Love the post! As Usual)

Jan 09, 2010 05:37 PM #19
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Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I got IMHO and ROFL. But then, I don't text (yes, I know, I'm out of date- but then so are a lot of my clients).

Jan 09, 2010 05:46 PM #20
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Gary, just before Christmas I noticed a poster at WalMart that had about 100 or more text definitions on it.  BTW - it takes me about ten minutes to respond to received texts, just can't get the hang of the two hand method. 

Jan 09, 2010 05:56 PM #21
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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
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I only knew the ROTFLMAO because of C-Tann.  I knew a couple of others...but I'm a Luddite for sure.  I write my messages out on my blackberry.  Can't stand the texting stuff.  But, it is somewhat the same.  I just consider my email messages more erudite....try texting that!  HA!!!

Jan 09, 2010 06:37 PM #22
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great title!  I guess I could use the help, because I only knew three of them.

Jan 09, 2010 07:01 PM #23
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Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Gary!
I can't even remember LOL (okay, I do now, but it took me  along time)!  Thanks goodness my kids know better than to go cryptic on me!

Jan 09, 2010 07:47 PM #24
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Great post Gary, My daughter says I'm a terrible texter - but she gets it, so I guess all is not lost! Maybe if you contacted Vanna she would give you a vowel LOL

Jan 09, 2010 09:59 PM #25
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Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD

Gary,

You embarrass me. Before long the English language as we know it will be replaced by texting, I'm afraid.

Jan 09, 2010 11:16 PM #26
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Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Gary...I'm glad I know a little pig-latin...actually, your blog just might help me more with texting...isn't it getting crazy?

Jan 10, 2010 12:59 AM #27
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Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Gary, I've lived this and I have a little sheet with the most common abbreviations so I can decipher texts from mostly the younger crowd.

Jan 10, 2010 07:27 AM #28
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Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I remember when I first started here at Active Rain, I was always asking people what certain abbreviations meant.  Getting to know everyone through the hijacking posts meant that very often I was lol and rotflmao!!  Have a great day Gary!

Jan 10, 2010 08:10 AM #29
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Jo-Anne Smith
Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage - Oakville, ON

Gary,

That's cute....

I text quite a bit and so know many of the short forms....it helps that my 22 yr old son is someone who I text most often with. Somehow when there are young people around we tend to pick up their language.

((-;

Jo

Jan 10, 2010 09:14 AM #30
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Uh, oh. 7-10: A bona fide text maniac - get a life.

But seriously, it's no different than acronyms we use in email. I made up one once. It's WYDH. And it caught on. It was just a joke.  Stands for Who's Your Daddy, Hambone.

Jan 10, 2010 09:29 AM #31
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Sasha Dear
Sasha Dear Real Estate Brokerage - Bracebridge, ON

Thanks for the info as I was wondering what some meant. The latest was a symbol sent to me <3 and it took me ages to realize that it is a heart.

Jan 10, 2010 02:55 PM #32
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Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage - Colorado Springs, CO

The two I knew are onlyl because someone told me these in the past. The rest were pure Greek...or was it Russian.. how would I know?

Jan 10, 2010 04:30 PM #33
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Diane Rice
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - South Holland, IL
SFR, SRES, CNC

WOW!!!  I only knew 2 on the list... a whole NEW language is a brewing eh?  Talk about generation gap???  You are so good at this Gary!

Jan 10, 2010 05:23 PM #34
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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

That is pretty amazing list! I got most of it, I better brush up my skills of these lingos or I will be left behind!

Jan 10, 2010 05:46 PM #35
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