10 Texts People Hate ReceivingBobby Box

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/mateja.muller Mateja Muller

    A friend of mine always sends me “kl” after pretty much every text I send her. So irritating!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.mihalus Sarah Mihalus

    9 times out of 10 I find it harder to understand/use texting language. One thing that gets to me even more than unnecessary texting language is when it invades facebook statuses. I have one facebook friend who writes paragraph long statuses using it! Of course another issue is why is she writing statuses that are a paragraph long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731655763 Janet Box

    In my day LOL meant Lots of Love wow how times have changed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tanyatorres Tanya Torres

    I feel as though with the “k” they know that it drives me crazy, so it makes sense they did it on purpose. In return I just ignore for a few days. However, the ones that are bane of my existence are the ones that shorten their texts. My 13yr old cousin sends me texts all the time that make me want to tear out my eye balls. Here is one reply, “k well i will c u l8r cuz im at da mall now buyin skewl clothes” ugh…

  • http://www.facebook.com/deedezarn DeeAnn DeZarn

    I like to use text-speak (many not listed here) to #1 fit a message in Twitter & #2 to talk down to someone & #3 to be lazy. Most people know me well enough to know I would not speak to them in that butchered language unless it was urgent. My 12-year-old calls me on it. Fave: Omelet=I’m going to let,as in omelet u go now. K.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513458955 Kaitlyn Shore

    I’m so guilty of the last three, bwahaha. The thing I hate the most is when someone asks you a question over text (Want to hang out? :) ) and you don’t respond for an hour or so because you are unsure of what your answer is (Do I want to go to the mall or do I want to sit around in my snuggie and watch Toddlers and Tiaras?) and then you get a follow-up text along the lines of “WELL I NEED TO KNOW IN FIVE MINUTES BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN MY BUS LEAVES AND BTW I REALLY NEED TO GO TO THE MALL BUT I’M AFRAID OF GOING TO MALLS ALONE LOL!” So. Much. Pressure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386805767 Raquel Lupe Anaya

    i think my lol has been reduced to like a smirk, a slight acknowledgement that i picked up on the funny you were putting down. On the actual occasion that something you said got me looking like the idiot chuckling privately at my blackberry, I’ll tell you, “you made me look like a mad woman chuckling privately to her blackberry!” you lose the brevity but you gain sincerity!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1361243266 Emma Jean

    My messages are always so long because I barely use proper contractions let alone these stupid made up short hand ones that are so popular! My mum is funny-she always sends short messages, I just think she isn’t too good at messaging very quickly! lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/santiago.belandres Santiago Belandres

    “K” is intentionally used to signify to the person they said something shitty which now makes you hate them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelNerd5 Melissa K. Nodurft

    The absolute worst text ever is the abuse of “lol.” It goes along with the :-) abuse. If you say something mean, it doesn’t get better by ending with “lol.”

  • 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.

  • 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. :D :D

  • 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/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/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/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/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=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/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=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.

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