Work Casualty

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I've started typing and writing like I write at work and like I text. It's terrible. At work, I make calls and have to enter detailed call notes; however, there is limited space and I've been forced to implement abbreviations for words like "pick-up" (p/u) and "inv" (invoice) and "ppt awbs" (pre-printed air waybills) and "ab" (about), not capitalizing I, etc.

In these notes, I've also ceased using subject pronouns. Instead of "I will follow-up with Jane," I write, "will f/u w/Jane." This also applies to text messages. Instead of "I'll send it to you" it becomes "send it tonight." (No, I have not yet succumbed to "2" instead of "to" and "u" instead of "you.")

This has started trickling over into my email and blog comment verbiage, and I must tell you: I don't like it. It goes against everything I believe in for the written word. I see no solution on the horizon. Does text-speak affect the other writing in your life? Help!

7 comments:

  1. Yes. The thing that annoys me most that I do is when I catch myself not using proper capitalization.

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  2. I'm so glad you haven't resorted to "2" and "u." I think a part of my soul would die if you did ... :)

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  3. Um, you better watch statements like: "will f/u w/ jane"...For my detailed notes taken while talking on the phone, I type/write them in shorthand, and then fill in the blanks with something more presentable when I finish the call.

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  4. Jesse, that's why the / is so important.

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  5. You know I am really bad about this. I kind of like my own version of my shorthand, though. The teen text language is definitely an influence on me!

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  6. P.S. I use 2 and U and w/ and C (see) in texting but have not yet written an email with these. Perhaps a facebook comment or two, I'll admit.

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