4/10/2007

Texting Etiquette...

Lately, Griff has been putting up some posts on texting etiquette. (Check them out here and here.) Well, I've had a post about texts brewing in the back of my head for some time now, but hadn't found the right angle to take on it nor had I found the right opportunity to write it. Until now.

I must admit that, when I first got a phone with texting capabilities, I didn't take advantage of them. It took about 4 times longer for me to type out a text than to just call the person. I mean, just to spell "call me", I had to hit the "2" 3x, "2" once, "5" 3x, "5" 3x, space, "6" once, and "3" twice. Too much effort for such a little thing. That is, until my cousin introduced me to the wonder that is T9word. You see, with T9word, you just hit the buttons once, and the phone automatically knows what you're trying to type. Most of the time...

For the past couple of months, I've been noticing some funny mistakes in what the phone assumes I'm typing. For instance, when I try to type the name "Anna", I get "bomb". When I try to type "scared", I get "sacred". These are both small, but mildly humorous mistakes. But sometimes, T9word can give you some doosies.

Why, just yesterday, I was texting a friend (who is very funny) to ask how their afternoon was going, and if they had arrived at their destination yet. Here's how the conversation went:

Me: Hey! Are you there yet? I'm super bored...

Them: Not yet... I'm just sitting here fondling.

Wait... what?

It was about 2 seconds after I had read their response and scratched my head wondering if they were joking (or just kind of a perv) that they called me to explain. Apparently, when you try to type "doodleing" on T9word, it assumes you're typing "fondling".

So, dear readers, when texting using T9word, always remember to make sure that you and your phone are talking about the same thing. Otherwise, your reputation could be slightly sullied...

6 comments:

Annie Summers said...

Dang... that's SO funny! You're friend must have been super embarrassed! :-)

Josh(ua) Treece said...

Gosh, I hope not! Lord knows I've embarassed myself in front of them enough! Besides they're so cool, it wouldn't make any difference...

Brent said...

I was going to guess Annie.

That's why I don't use T9. I'll stick with fondling the buttons instead.

Annie Summers said...

haha... how did i give it away?? I thought i was SO smooth leaving a comment!!

Brent said...

I'm pretty smooth myself. I can pick up on smoothness most of the time.

Alli Hibb said...

I taught my dad to use T9.

His response: "Wow! This is smarter than most people!"