Well, you get the idea. I’m almost too ashamed to admit my problem, but as the ‘ever-so-wise’ Dr Phil says, “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.”
I dream in text speak.
There, I said it. That’s right, a few nights ago I awoke from a dream to the awful realisation that I had been conversing throughout my dream in LOLs, LMAOs, BRBs and L8Rs. And not the actual words “laugh out loud”, “laugh my arse off”, etc., I dream-laughed by speaking the words “Loll” and “l’mouw” (or “l’mayo”) with a smile on my face.
I tried to convince myself that since my subconscious mind was the one guilty of this deplorable act, I shouldn’t be held accountable. Unfortunately, it didn’t end there…
Obsessing over my newly discovered failing, I came to a second, even more horrifying conclusion: I sometimes think in text speak too! If I’m remembering a funny little moment or planning something I’m going to say to someone, I may go beyond having a quiet chuckle to myself, and silently utter that atrocious word: l o l l.
Thank goodness it hasn’t seeped into my writing (yet!) But I am finding a little shiver runs down my spine whenever I use ‘text speak’ in an actual text message, informal email or instant message. Sadly, no matter how hard I try I can’t seem to use social media without them, or their evil cousin – the emoticon 🙁 .
Emma is a freelance editor and writer who got her start at Newbie Writers two years ago. In her previous career she was an accountant, but escaped the numbers game to envelop herself in the literary world.