Text Language Should Be Made Illegal



De thng s I hte txt lnge 2 de core. Who de hell inventd t? I wld lke 2 strngle him by de nck. If de vry aspt f mrdr s agst de lw nd cn rslt n svre pnshmnt thn de mrdr f de eng lnge sld undrg de sme!

God, I hated writing that. Yuck.

If you didn’t understand anything from it, my dear friend, you are on my side. But if you understood those sentences, you are exactly the person this post is intended for.

If there is anything in the world which infuriates me to oblivion it is not horror movies or injustice. Nope, it is the crappy short version of a holy language. Look at the sentences on the first paragraph and the one you are currently reading. Doesn’t the former look disgusting? I don’t know when I began to abhor it because truthfully speaking, when I was a tween and in the process of maturity, I used it (I chastise myself severely for that). At that time, I didn’t realise it would be a crime on my part. Being portrayed uninteresting and dull, I thought using it like everyone else at that time would make me look cool and sophisticated.

Yeah, stupid me.

Only now I realise it was the most immature thing I could have done. Whenever I see text language in my google mails, Hangouts and WhatsApp chats, I either feel like cringing or slap the person on the other end of the line. Many times I’ve requested my friends not to use text language, at least not with me, but they just don’t get it.


I wasn’t joking when I said I wanted to strangle the inventor of this hideousness. One of my close friends from college subconsciously wrote ‘u’ instead of ‘you’ in an assignment in English class and she showed me the red circle our professor marked on it. That’s exactly when I realised I loathed the text language. The time I began my career as an author. I think this hatred for it originated fully fledged after I penned a novel; strictly speaking, English is one of the most beautiful languages the ancient times gave birth to. I honour the people who were the God who created it. I am pretty sure I am not the only one, so why then is a ridiculous form of it predominant in the social networking sites? Is there any pleasure derived out of it or are you merely being lazy? I’d go for the latter. It must be laziness.

If you disagree, please feel free to comment below and enlighten me because I seriously haven’t a clue.

But to me, it does signify that the people who communicate using text language are lazy and want to be saved the labour of typing a whole sentence correctly. Or if the reason is that you are unsure of spelling, there is nothing wrong in sparing a minute of your day to look up a dictionary or the internet for guidance. Or if you can’t have access to the internet, there’s always MS Word which sharply underlines spelling errors and gives the correction. Why then do you want to kill English?

Here are a few awful examples:

Thank you – tanq or ty

Where are you? – whr r u

Got to go, text you later – g2g txt u ltr

How are you? – hw r u

Can I read that book? – cn i rd tat buk

I love reading – i luv readng

But I love murdering the language more – bt i luv mrdrng de lnge more

It goes on and on. As you can see, there is no regard for capitalisation or punctuation. Is this the property of those English classes you attend at school and college? And if you are an English graduate using the text language, feel happy you are not near me right now.

All right, say you are a person who chats in your mother tongue using English alphabets. There are people like that as well. There is absolutely nothing wrong in that. What is wrong is that this revolting short form rears its ugly head there as well. I’m a Tamil girl so I’ll show you the way Tamil words are tortured.

Disclaimer: I took these out of real chats I had with people.

Chellam (it means ‘darling’) – chlm

Yeppo nee veetuku varuva? (when are you coming home?) – Epo ne veetku vruva

Saaptiya? (Did you eat?) – sptya

Na nethu puthu dress vangnen (I bought a new dress yesterday) – na nthu pudu dss vngn

The rest of the letters flew out the nearest window along with their minds, I’m afraid.

You think it’s cool, I think it’s utter stupidity.

Please give a language the respect it is qualified for, guys. Don’t assassinate it, whether it maybe English or Tamil or Hindi or Telugu or whatever. Give it respect. Honour it. You don’t have to give it a salute or a standing ovation. Stopping this offending text language alone will suffice. A language has a soul too. It is alive. Please have that reminder in your mind.



31 Comments Add yours

  1. Ha ha ha….Lovely…But frankly, it has so crept into our system that we often tend to use unknowingly. Dat waz 1 rockin’ post 😉

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    1. Deepika Kumaaraguru says:

      Sri Di 😛 What is this? 😛


      1. I wish Bala reads this post….Even she is gets so wroked up with this text language menace 😛

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        1. Deepika Kumaaraguru says:

          Yeah she does 😀 Bala and I are kind of Xerox copies, Di 😀

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  2. Wow! Witty, hilarious and on the target 😛

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    1. Haha, thanks, Darshith 😀 Glad you liked it 🙂

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  3. balakarthiga says:

    Omg! Omg! Omg!! I am so proud of you right now :’) It was high time someone actually wrote about this!
    (Sri di, I read it =D )

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    1. Deepika Kumaaraguru says:

      High five, my trusted comrade-in-arms! ❤

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  4. Hahahaha…Deepika I can’t stop laughing, you are so right about all these texts! I don’t text this way but I read some that are and it’s sometimes hard to de-code it all 😛 Love the images you used too. Your new gravatar pic is awesome ❤

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    1. Deepika Kumaaraguru says:

      Haha, thank you so much, Jen ❤ Your comment created a huge smile on my face. I don't know, when I see one from you, I get all warm and fuzzy inside ❤ Thank you so much for loving the images and my gravatar, sweetie. A little teaser for you 😉 That has something to do with my second book 😉

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      1. Deepika your energy is so positive I can feel it radiating all the way over here in Canada! I love it ❤ Your comments ALWAYS make me smile huge 😀 ohhh that's exciting a little teaser about your new book! I'm loving everything about this eye gravatar ❤

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        1. Deepika Kumaaraguru says:

          Awwww ❤ ❤ ❤ I hope you like the book even more, honey 😀

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          1. I know I will that’s for sure 😀 ❤

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            1. Deepika Kumaaraguru says:

              ❤ ❤ ❤

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  5. NJ says:

    Now this one was punch 😉 Now I am recalling that how many times I use this slang with you honey 😛 Now that you have told me 😉 I will surely keep this in mind 😉 meanwhile …Kudos for this one ❤

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    1. Aww, thank you, sweetheart ❤ 😍💋 Don't worry, it wasn't bothersome, you only use it for one or two words 😉 😛 Love you! ❤


  6. Adding to it, is the usage of bad capitalisation. God, they just drive me insane!

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    1. I know, right? I feel like hitting the texting person with a stick when that happens! It really gets on my author nerve!


      1. Hit them with the shoes. They deserve it and more. 😐

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        1. Hahaha!!

          Someone please ban text language!! 😥


  7. sweetie after read out this post i am totally changed nowadays i am not using text language and i am also started hating text language now i am started thinking why this people murdering the beautiful language ENGLISH .And the way what you have expressed it was really very very comical. And you are my inspiration my dear sweetie bae!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Yes, darling, I know how much you have started to hate the text language too ❤ Thank you so much for reading and loving my post, you don't know how happy I am!! ❤ ❤ And bae, I admire you a lot too, never forget that!! ❤


      1. theonlysup says:

        wonderful transformation 😉

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  8. theonlysup says:

    did that just consume 300 seconds to decode your 1st paragraph? i’m sure it did.. i still do not know the meaning of many of these short forms .. i still use google sometimes to decode that when i get such words in my whatsapp haha 😉
    excellent post deepika ..

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    1. Haha, I’m sure it did take you that long 😀 It’s a real challenge to decode the way some people use text language, because others present it nearly readable 😀 Thank you for enjoying the post! 🙂

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      1. theonlysup says:

        U have written some wonderful posts.. I enjoy reading them all..

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        1. Thank you very much! 🙂 That’s an honour 🙂

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  9. Seriously gave up reading the first para after a few failed attempts. Loved the way you presented it Deepika. Hilarious and packed with a punch 🙂 😉

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    1. Haha, that cracked me up XD It took a while for me to formulate the first paragraph into the abhorred abbreviations XD Thank you so much for enjoying the post, Radhika ❤

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  10. Siva Murugan says:

    Deepika, I dislike (I do not loathe) and never use what you call ‘text language’. This style was in vogue even before the advent of electronic communication devices, albeit in small scale. My objection to ‘ text language’ is this : English is one of the most illogical of all languages under the sun when you consider the dichotomy between spelling and pronunciation.. Do not make it all the more absurd.

    I won’t strangle anyone for using ‘text language’; instead, I would love to drive him mad. If someone asks me ” wht wld u lke 2 hv?” I would reply, “Ghoti frie” That is just another spelling for ‘fish fry’ (GH, pronounced [f] as in enough: O, pronounced [ɪ] as in women; TI, pronounced [ʃ] as in nation : ie pronounced ‘ahy’ as in pie)

    I guess you will mellow out a bit if you read the history of English orthography. I strongly recommend this Wikipedia page for you : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Modern_English#Orthography. You may also read on the ‘Great Vowel Shift’ by googling for it.

    I disagree with you when you say that there is absolutely nothing wrong in chatting in your mother tongue using English alphabet. For the question, ” Saaptiya?” my response is “நாட் யெட்.”

    There is nothing holy about English or any other language. The language supposed to be God’s became extinct. Unless you want English to become extinct, you should not attach holiness to it.

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    1. Yes, Mama, the invention of text language goes a long way. I suspect it was invented for relaying quick messages in the midst of a busy schedule, which has morphed into a regular texting style now.

      Haha, yes there is a difference in spelling and pronunciation in English, as opposed to our Tamil, but I guess if we’re well in tune with English and don’t take the dichotomy as an issue, it’s a really fun, interesting and engaging language, Mama.

      I respect how you never mix up English and Tamil while chatting, that’s extremely impressive. You are keeping both languages alive in that process, I should say. I can see how texting Tamil in English can dilute the unique beauty of Tamil (or any other language). Each beauty of each language should be made prominent, instead of mixing them up. I really like this view. With the other languages installed in the keyboard of smartphones, I can definitely see a lot of people writing Tamil in Tamil and English in English, respecting both languages, while communicating and interacting through Whatsapp (the only social media I’m very familiar with).

      You have unique and very interesting thoughts, Mama, I love interacting with you.


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