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How would you feel if you texted a friend to invite them round for dinner and this reply popped up on your phone? Or would you not give it a second thought?
How would you feel if you texted a friend to invite them round for dinner and this reply popped up on your phone? Or would you not give it gude second thought?
What about if they replied: sounds good or even Sounds good! Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch says more and more people now see rude messages with a full stop as rude because of the way we chat and use instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
A study by Binghamton University involving undergraduates found they perceived text messages ending in a full stop as being less sincere than the same message without rude full stop. In speech, the full stop is generally accompanied by lowering the voice to indicate the end of a sentence and carries connotations of formality or seriousness, Ms Cnat explains. It's the juxtaposition of those things which creates that chat of passive aggression.
Erika Darics, a lecturer in linguistics at Aston University in Birmingham, says it is all down to context. She says someone's age and how often they use messaging apps can also affect how they use punctuation.
Often these differences are more ificant than differences in nationality, Ms McCulloch - who is Canadian - argues. Using a rude stop in messages seems to have chat connotations in both North America and the UK, she adds. However, there can be some cultural differences between countries - Americans and Canadians don't use "x" to denote a kiss at the end of a message, while Brits do, she says.
Laziness or linguistic creativity? Use of informal grammar and text slang in messaging can lead to accusations of dumbing down and making people lazy.
But Ms McCulloch points out that using slang or incorrect spellings actually takes more effort in an age of autocorrect and predictive text.