Is Texting the end of Grammar as we know it?

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Real Estate Agent with Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes

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. 

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 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! 

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Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
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It is sure funny to think that we will eventually have a text message translator app for our "smart" phones!!  Great post.

Oct 27, 2010 04:50 AM #1
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Renae Bolton
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I also text (a LOT!) but because my phone has a full QWERTY keyboard, I typically spell everything out, especially to my clients or when it is for business purposes.  I agree that I don't want anyone confused about what I'm saying or what I meant by that abbreviation.  Some people do take the text language to a whole new level, don't they, Lorraine?

CUL8TR!

~Renae

Oct 27, 2010 04:52 AM #2
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Lorraine Sayer
Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes - Colorado Springs, CO
Realtor ABR,CDPE,GRI - Colorado Springs,CO RE/MAX

Karen: Now that is an app that I could actually use.

Renae: My younger clients are making shortcuts faster than I can keep up!  BYKT  T@YL

Oct 27, 2010 05:03 AM #3
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Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
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Lorraine, I text a lot too and it's become a common client communication tool though really just for quick messages, I still prefer email or phone for lengthy/critical exchanges! 

Nov 01, 2010 04:15 AM #4
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Lynn Edgin
Keller Williams Clients' Choice - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI, SFR, REO

Lorraine, this new language is catching me off guard. Sometimes I have to contact the sender to see what they mean. LOL  C  U  later

Nov 01, 2010 10:05 AM #5
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Lorraine Sayer
Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes - Colorado Springs, CO
Realtor ABR,CDPE,GRI - Colorado Springs,CO RE/MAX

Diane: I too prefer email and many of my text messages are "read email". 

Lynn: I hear ya on that one!  I've also had some folks that hit so many wrong keys the message is a mess and all I can do is call and ask what the blazes they were trying to say.  Geesh get a bigger keyboard. 

Nov 02, 2010 03:24 AM #6
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Lorraine, texting, as you know is about speed. I can be forgiving in this format, but not emails and types of formal writing...

Nov 02, 2010 11:01 PM #7
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