“Wth”, why are you cutting down on your words?

Do you like to write words in ‘short forms’? Few popular examples can be: ‘tbt’ that stands for ‘to be true’, ‘brb’ for ‘be right back’, then ‘tbh’ that means ‘to be honest’, and then ‘btw’ indicating ‘by the way’. I know how lot of people would react to seeing short forms like these, but the truth is, many do use them too, especially in the social networking sites.


Recently I have been watching some of my newly teen-aged cousins flooding my Facebook and Twitter news feed with posts that would include these short forms of words. One of the posts that caught my eye yesterday read something like “Wtf, xms are announced 2 b hld in 3ds frm 2dy!”. Well, if you are like me, then it must have taken you more than a minute to understand the sentence. For your comprehension, here’s what the sentence actually meant- “What the fudge, exams are announced to be held in 3 days from today!”.  Pretty annoying, huh?

Personally I feel, the habit of writing in short forms do fade away after a few years of teen age phase, but the concern is, how much the fellow readers are bothered till then. Does it feel okay or does it make you feel angry to stumble when you come upon such words?

For me, it does not make me feel angry but it surely makes me sympathize on people who have not found the beauty in using full words that has the power of resonating a language well expressed.


7 thoughts on ““Wth”, why are you cutting down on your words?

  1. I find it annoying but I guess language always changes. We don’t speak the same way people did 50 or 100 years ago. I’m sure our slang and grammatical changes annoyed them, too. That being said, I can’t help but feel there’s something wrong with stuff like “2dy” but maybe I’m just stuck in my ways.

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    • Exactly, we have had our days and I would be lying if I said I never used the short forms of words myself either! But now when I have started falling in love with the language, it annoys me to stumble over such cut-down of words from people who have had their fair share of education.
      Thank you for stopping by :)

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  2. I still use short forms in casual conversations but prefer fully spelled words at professional level,like in emails at work. I guess the use of short forms increased when there were no mobile phones with QWERTY keypad and one would get irritated to type those lengthy words. I still remember the day when i had received sms from my friend with ‘gnsd’ at the end and I had no idea what it meant. However, with time I have managed to learn many of them. :)

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    • Haha that’s a very interesting incident! I’m guessing ‘gnsd’ meant ‘Goodnight sweet dreams’? Cell phones instilled the most bad habits in us that we are still struggling to get over, aren’t we? Thank you for sharing your thought :)


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