Are you getting more and more emails that include such verbiage as, "Can U show us house at .......2moro?" or "ISO 4 bdrm with bsmt.", and "LMAO at pics, cu LOL." Now I know we've gone away from the formal letter of yesteryear but shouldn't emails have some sort of resemblance to a grammatically correct format?
In this fast paced world of ours more and more clients are texting as a means of communication. It provides instantaneous responses but I think we are losing the art of the written word in the process.
I Googled text messaging phrases and came up with a site that provided this pop quiz: Text messaging phrases. I flunked. So I promptly found some other helpful sites that enabled me to decipher some of these terms. One of the best was a blog written by Marc Saltzman: Top 50 most commonly used text messaging terms. I found another site that promised to turn text messages into plain English- now we're talking.
I don't know about you but I sure do appreciate an email that I don't have to Google to interpret and where the sender has expressed themselves adequately enough that I can assist them responding back without a failure to communicate. I for one will not be caught in a courtroom trying to explain what I meant in an email that was loaded with acronyms. Are we forming a new language that will permeate into every form of communication?
Do I text? Of course I do although I use a lot more spelled out words than I probably should. Several of my current and past clients only communicate by text so I know the value of the process but I'm just concerned that we are heading down the path of Babel and the separation of languages!