Those of a certain age, you will remember in 1988 when Van Halen released the second album with Sammy Hagar as the lead singer: ‘OU812’. Now, despite what you may have thought of the album itself (I know some of you have never gotten over the loss of David Lee Roth) what was undoubtedly cool was the title. I remember thinking, “WOW. It’s letters and numbers but YOU CAN SAY IT AS A SENTENCE! WOWWOWWOW!!!!” Not a lot of bands had done that before, and this sort of short-speak was new and unique.
Now of course, it is commonplace. ‘U’ has replaced the incredibly difficult and laborious spelling of ‘you’ and thank goodness someone came up with ‘2’ as opposed to ‘to!’ I don’t know about you, but typing out that one other character to actually write the word was really bringing me down.
Now I will admit – I have fallen victim to using ‘OMG’ instead of the correct ‘Oh my God,’ as well as the ever popular and jovial ‘LOL’ instead of ‘Laugh out Loud.’ I don’t really have an excuse for this – except that maybe they ARE actually shorter?
Anyway, I put this question out on the NotQuiteACougar.com Facebook page on Friday and got a lot of interesting responses, but wanted to open it up for a wider view. Since Lux is well on the way to her goal of making me “The Most Popular Girl on Match.com,” (her words), I’ve been getting a lot of messages from her revamped profile. What I’m struggling with is that I’m getting many notes that use these abbreviations and well, I think it’s weird. Some messages are just: “How r u doing? What r u up 2 this weekend?” I just…don’t know how to respond to that. I get it if you’re sending a hurried text or are on Twitter – but an email message?
Now, in the spirit of full-disclosure, if an actual profile is written like that, full of letter and number abbreviations – that is a deal breaker for me. If you can’t take the time to craft something with proper grammar, (or, um, have someone else craft it for you), then I don’t have the time for you. That is non-negotiable.
So let’s not debate about that.
But my question for all of you is – if someone has an okay profile but they message like that, should they still be a viable contender? Let’s please keep in mind, these are men in their 40’s, not in their teens. And these are emails, not texts.
I’m really interested to get your thoughts, so please take the poll and sound off in the comments below!
I’ll post the results Wednesday on the NotQuiteACougar.com Facebook page so if you haven’t liked it yet, now is the time! 🙂