10 Texts People Hate Receiving

I know there are no official text etiquette books out there (you know what? There probably are). Anyways, through this specific column—I don’t want to be dismissed as a grammar junkie or an uptight editor. Truth is, I understand texting doesn’t have to be well structured or contain proper punctuation—I just figured I’d share some texts that one might receive and choose not to respond. Let’s begin.


 In my opinion, this is the most arrogant, snobby response one can receive via text. OK is two letters, you really couldn’t conjure up the strength to move those thumbs and type it out? This is even worse if you receive it after a multi-page message.


I appreciate you thinking my joke was funny—but I highly doubt you’re rolling around on the floor laughing at it—unless you’re an incredible multi-tasker.

“So, about last night”

 Never a good indicator about what happened the night before—this probably means you had too much to drink and the texter is going to fill you in on last nights’ festivities.


I used to believe “wow” was something said when a person was amazed by something—I’ve slowly found out that it can also stand for “I can’t believe you just said that.”

To: Not you.

Sending the wrong person a text is always embarrassing—sending a spiteful text to the person you’re talking about is even worse.

“What’s (name here)’s number?”

No problem, I can give you our friends’ numbers—just don’t ask me for it so you can invite them to plans I’m not involved in.

Anything with “THX” or “WKND”

 I (personally) think the whole acronym phase is over. We all have fully functional keyboards on our phones. There’s no excuse to spell words incorrectly. Side note: Why was “kool” or “kewl” ever substituted for “cool”?

Overuse of  “: )”

 Oh the emoticon. Often used to convey emotion through text, the emoticon is commonly overused by the more ‘energetic’ individual. Think of it as comma splicing for smilies: Appropriate when needed, but don’t get carried away.

 Overuse of “!”

 Hey! Just wanted to see if you think I’m shouting at you! Truth is, I am! Because that’s what the “!” Is for! Yeah!!!!!

Anything and everything CAPS locked.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/mnicolassanchez Mireia Nicolas

    I also hate the ones saying, “what you up to? I’m bored”. Go away, find your own distraction!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cassie.richards2 Cassandra Richards

    My mother often responds to my texts with ‘k’, but I can forgive her for this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/malavej Jessica Malavé

      My mom does too… It drives me nuts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cwestcott Catherine Westcott

    also ‘lol’. I hate it because it doesn’t actually mean that you’re laughing it’s just an automatic reply or used imply that you know something that a person just said was meant to be funny or to indicate you’re not serious. A lot of the time I think it’s used in the same way emoticons are.
    Actually I mostly hate it because it sound ridiculous when people say it phonetically in actual real conversation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710470318 Sarah H

    Gotta admit, I overuse “lol” too much when writing on the net and texting, but I never use it in a verbal conversation – that would be weird. I probably overuse smilies too, but I don’t think I do any other things on that list (thankfully) and I don’t get many of those happening to me either. And yeah, all caps text suck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19604860 Amber Alvarado

    as a non texter, for me any text is annoying. Just pick up the phone, dial my number, and lets talk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.broadhurst2 Amy Broadhurst

    “kewl” makes my skin crawl

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611600699 Michelle Gilbert

      I completely agree! That is one of my biggest pet peeves!

  • http://www.facebook.com/groskilly Gemma Roskilly

    A song about the text sent to the person the text was about….


  • http://www.facebook.com/jocelynplease Jocelyn Dugan

    I used to call people out on using, “kewl.” Now, I just refuse to respond to that nonsense. People catch on, eventually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sophia.marko Sophia Dominique Marko

    I personally believe that ellipsis points are the devil. They drive me bonkers. And I cringe at the ‘To: Not You’ text. Im sure we’ve all been there, and it’s never pretty.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kathee.herson Kat Yularen-Akbar

      why does ‘…’ make you bonkers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shereenhussain Shereen Hussain

    “LOL” has gone from the meaning “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708619098 Elina Tanaka

    as soon as people started saying ‘lol’ in real life… if you’re going to laugh, laugh. don’t tell me that you should be laughing at loud and not do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theresa.voyles Theresa Voyles

    My mom sends me “luv u.” Really mom, u luv me? I would expect a bit more from the woman who raised me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61101261 Becca Robson

      Aw but the sentiment is there, and that’s all that matters :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509810839 Rachel Mellen

    Not everyone has fully functioning keyboards on their cell phones. I still use an “old school” model and can type faster on that then with those tiny buttoned QWERTY ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611600699 Michelle Gilbert

    I can’t stand it when people write “kewl or meh.” Have we really forgotten how to type or instead of saying “me” they write “text meh? I don’t understand it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535747976 Dominga Quinones

    hahahaha!!!! I am GUILTY of some of these and totally agree with other points made here. I also personally hate the “who dis” text. I dont care that you lost or never stored (or whatever the case maybe be) my number, but I HATE the gramatical incorrectness of this reply. THE WORD IS ‘THIS’! just wanted to get that off my chest. k thx 😉 (i had to do it)

  • http://www.facebook.com/modestjune Amber Schmidt

    I vote we make a law: if you’re texting like a thirteen year old, you’re not mature enough to have a phone.

    not kewl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/me.dana.you.notdana Dana DeRuyck

    Number 1 text pet peeve: typing “wat” for “what”. Is the extra keystroke REALLY that strenuous. My sister does it, and because of that, now my mom does too because she thinks it’s normal. sigh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prayingtowardsbecca Rebecca Doris

    hey not everyone has upgraded to a fancy smartphone with a keyboard! some of us are still using t9/manual texting :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/alisanani Alisa Bishop

    I do most of these when texting my sister, but we are constantly trying to outdo how stupid we can sound to each other, it’s our thing I guess.

    I totally agree about acronyms being played out. I typed everything out when I didn’t have a smart phone, I think it just makes you looks dumber to use ‘u’ instead of ‘you’. but I forgive people if they do it. 😀 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8200289 Gabrielle Dolceamore

    how about the texters who send 4 seperate messages for one complete thought and your phone blows up.

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