I'd Like To Buy A Vowel ~ Help With Texting

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Text PhoneI sometimes think in my Real Estate career I should have snatched up Vanna White as an assistant long before Pat Sajak latched on to her with Wheel of Fortune. Not only would I get more male clients because of her persistently good looks even with getting older but she could help me deciphering the world of texting.

   Can I buy a vowel Vanna?

Texting is here to stay, particularly in communication with the latter Gen X and all the Gen Y generations. The funny thing is many love to be cryptic when SENDING a text but when RECEIVING one when you don't know what they are saying you feel like a dummy. How about you? Can you decipher many of these? Good luck.

1) TTYL8R

2) ROTFL

3) CSThnknAU

4) @TEOTD

5) TTFN

6) IMHO

7) CWYL

8) DQMOT

9) 2G2B4G

10) ALOL

 Text Cartoon

ANSWERS

1 Talk to you later

2 Rolling on the floor laughing

3 Can't stop thinking about you

4 At the end of the day

5 Ta-ta for now

6 In my humble opinion

7 Chat with you later

8 Don't quote me on this

9 Too good to be forgotten

10 Actually laughing out loud

RATING

0-2: U R a Luddite.

3-6: Good, but you need a little textual healing.

7-10: A bona fide text maniac - get a life.

 

Funny thing is, with unlimited text plans by many can't we "speak" a little more clearly? Nope. That's wouldn't be as cool.  ROTFL!!!

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

HI GW-IMHO @TEOTD & DQMO-U HAVE 2 MAKE THE CHOICE THAT IS BEST 4U <smile>

January 09, 2010 02:10 PM
Rainer
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Leslie Helm
Real Estate For Trail Riders
Tennessee Recreational Properties

Hi, Gary. This is a great post and I really enjoyed it. Learned a thing or two, too!

January 09, 2010 04:00 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
WHISPERING PINES REALTY

Well, I learned what some of the ab's are for.  I have never sent a text yet.  I guess I just have to continue speaking english!

January 09, 2010 04:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Donna J. Stephens
CRS
BHHS Ambassador Real Estate

Remember SWAK? When we actually wrote letters?

I only hope young people learn to spell and use English somewhat properly.

LTP!AU (Love the post! As Usual)

January 09, 2010 05:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Leslie Prest
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ

I got IMHO and ROFL. But then, I don't text (yes, I know, I'm out of date- but then so are a lot of my clients).

January 09, 2010 05:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May

Gary, just before Christmas I noticed a poster at WalMart that had about 100 or more text definitions on it.  BTW - it takes me about ten minutes to respond to received texts, just can't get the hang of the two hand method. 

January 09, 2010 05:56 PM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

I only knew the ROTFLMAO because of C-Tann.  I knew a couple of others...but I'm a Luddite for sure.  I write my messages out on my blackberry.  Can't stand the texting stuff.  But, it is somewhat the same.  I just consider my email messages more erudite....try texting that!  HA!!!

January 09, 2010 06:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

Great title!  I guess I could use the help, because I only knew three of them.

January 09, 2010 07:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Paula Swayne
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715

Hi Gary!
I can't even remember LOL (okay, I do now, but it took me  along time)!  Thanks goodness my kids know better than to go cryptic on me!

January 09, 2010 07:47 PM
Rainmaker
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Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

Great post Gary, My daughter says I'm a terrible texter - but she gets it, so I guess all is not lost! Maybe if you contacted Vanna she would give you a vowel LOL

January 09, 2010 09:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Esko Kiuru

Gary,

You embarrass me. Before long the English language as we know it will be replaced by texting, I'm afraid.

January 09, 2010 11:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Cherise Selley
Colorado Springs Realtor
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC

Gary...I'm glad I know a little pig-latin...actually, your blog just might help me more with texting...isn't it getting crazy?

January 10, 2010 12:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

Gary, I've lived this and I have a little sheet with the most common abbreviations so I can decipher texts from mostly the younger crowd.

January 10, 2010 07:27 AM
Rainmaker
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Susan Mangigian
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A

I remember when I first started here at Active Rain, I was always asking people what certain abbreviations meant.  Getting to know everyone through the hijacking posts meant that very often I was lol and rotflmao!!  Have a great day Gary!

January 10, 2010 08:10 AM
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Jo-Anne Smith, Sales Representative
Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real E

Gary,

That's cute....

I text quite a bit and so know many of the short forms....it helps that my 22 yr old son is someone who I text most often with. Somehow when there are young people around we tend to pick up their language.

((-;

Jo

January 10, 2010 09:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Put 40 years of experience to work for you
Lyon Real Estate

Uh, oh. 7-10: A bona fide text maniac - get a life.

But seriously, it's no different than acronyms we use in email. I made up one once. It's WYDH. And it caught on. It was just a joke.  Stands for Who's Your Daddy, Hambone.

January 10, 2010 09:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Sasha Dear
Sasha Dear Real Estate Brokerage

Thanks for the info as I was wondering what some meant. The latest was a symbol sent to me <3 and it took me ages to realize that it is a heart.

January 10, 2010 02:55 PM
Rainer
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Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage

The two I knew are onlyl because someone told me these in the past. The rest were pure Greek...or was it Russian.. how would I know?

January 10, 2010 04:30 PM
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Diane Rice
SFR, SRES, CNC
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL

WOW!!!  I only knew 2 on the list... a whole NEW language is a brewing eh?  Talk about generation gap???  You are so good at this Gary!

January 10, 2010 05:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Eileen Hsu
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Douglas Elliman Real Estate

That is pretty amazing list! I got most of it, I better brush up my skills of these lingos or I will be left behind!

January 10, 2010 05:46 PM
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