S and K

Something that really bugs me is chat or text messages with a single letter…for instance, I ask my friend whether they want to go shopping or for a movie, and their reply (unless they don’t want to hang along) in all probability would be a ‘K’ ar a ‘S’.

A definite chat and text no-no is the solitary ‘S’. Any bright ideas on what that is supposed to mean? Yep, you got it; it is supposed to indicate positive affirmation or in other words, a ‘YES’. To me, such lonely letters are akin to a red flag to a bull. It indicates a casual disregard towards the receiver of such letters. Can’t the typer take a micro second to type in ‘YES’ or is that too much to ask?

Next comes ‘K’. This gets me madder than ever. Call me old-fashioned and unaware of texting and chatting lexicons, but for goodness sake, what is so difficult about typing in an extra letter ‘O’ along with that lonely ‘K’? As far as I can see on the QWERTY keyboard, the letters ‘O’ and ‘K’ are hardly 3 mm apart diagonally. So, it really shouldn’t be a strain to anyone’s fingers to go all the way up ‘K’ on the keyboard and type an ‘O’ as well. The same with a cellphone, where the ‘O’ and ‘K’ buttons are right next to each other. Turning on the dictionary in a cell phone text editor and typing the letters ‘O’ and ‘K’  will automatically snag them together into a BEA – utiful ‘OK’.

Next time, pause a moment before you type a ‘K’ or ‘S’. And type the whole word – after all, it’s just 2-3 letters long and not a word like ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious‘.

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