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On Fri, Jun 15, 2001 at 10:27:36PM -0400, D Tse wrote:
> >> It seems that ordinary, linguistically naive people have not the
> slightest
> >> problem in using symbols in this way.
> >
> >Some, but a lot of people find things like "R" for "are" and "U" for
> >"you" to be very annoying.
> >
> <rant>
> Ugh, that reminds me. There's a whole group of people here at school who
> insist on using frankly dyslexic spellings on purpose when using ICQ
> messaging. It's not like it makes the words any shorter, its probably just
> natural for them.
>
> A prime specimen would be: "u noe dat thing u r doing, hav u dun it yet?
> fanx ^_^"
> This is exactly the same group of people who also insist on using ASCII
> symbols all over the place.
> </rant>

I know a guy on IRC who almost always speaks there as a character rather than
as his real-life persona. His usual character consistently spells things in odd
and usually comical ways (and also uses unusual grammar), whereas on the odd
occasion that he *does* say something in the context of his real-life
persona, his spelling and grammar are near-perfect. A few people on that IRC
channel have complained about being annoyed by his spelling, but for some
odd reason I don't mind it, despite what I wrote about things like <u r>
(but then he usually doesn't use abbreviations like that :) ) Anyway, it's
interesting, because the mental impression I get when he does use his
"normal" spelling is akin to hearing an actor's natural accent, after only
having heard them doing other accents.

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Eric Christopherson | Rakko