Changing your writing style

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If you were chatting with strangers and their writing style was different from yours, do you change?

Yes, completely.
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Yes, taking some of their habits.
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Sort of, I'll alternate between my style and some of theirs.
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No, screw that.
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Changing your writing style

Postby Magnanimous » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:48 am UTC

Note: I thought about putting this in Language/Linguistics, but thought it was a little ambiguous.

I'm fairly in tune with grammatical style and whatnot, and I tend to write formally even in text messages and IRC. (Though in IRC I'll tend to drop periods) It's how most of my friends type, and has been for a long time. if I'm around (virtually speaking) people who type more casually though, Ill usually start subconsciously dropping capitals and punctuation to sort of match them... Recently I've been doing it mostly on minecraft servers and certain IRC channels.

... So if you're in an informal chat place and people are using a different style than you, do you change at all? If you don't use emoticons but they do, do you copy them? If you use chat abbreviations and they don't, do you stop?

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby lutzj » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:39 am UTC

A girlfriend got me to change from

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to

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in texts and online messages just by using them so much.

My online writing style has become more formal in all contexts since I started posting on these boards and a poetry forum at about the same time a while ago. I only really drop the formality in text messages (because my phone capitalizes and punctuates for me c: ) and during an online videogame where I want to spend as little time typing as possible and avoid hitting too many keys.
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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Deva » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:41 am UTC

Remains constant. Prefers this style.

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby ahammel » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:58 am UTC

I do this to some extent on the internet, but all the freakin' time in real life. When I'm talking to people who speak English as a second language I'll often pick up a lot of their non-idiomatic turns of phrase ("if I remember well" instead of "if I remember correctly", for example).

I hope nobody thinks I'm making fun of them.
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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:47 am UTC

When I speak with people with strong accents without aspiration, I tend to stop aspirating unvoiced consonants and talk 66%+ faster. Similar to ahammel, I hope Indian immigrants don't think I'm making fun of them...I know other people think I am. But it is unconscious.

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby TheMaskedGecko » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:20 am UTC

I find that I do the complete opposite: the more informal the other people's style is, the more hypercorrect I become. Probably some sort of weird British superiority complex going on there.
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Re: Changing your writing style

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby ConMan » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:21 pm UTC

My writing style is incredibly susceptible to outside influence. But it isn't restricted to certain areas, it tends to carry across in general. There are a lot of phrases that I've picked up over the years from various people, and possibly more interesting my handwriting has had a few major shifts, particularly due to certain maths professors. Since I started university, I now write my zs and 7s with cross-bars, put a flick and sometimes an under-bar on my 1s, and my ps tend to have a tall part at the top (and the round part will often not be properly closed to allow me to link them to the next letter).
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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Sean Quixote » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:36 pm UTC

I usually almost always follow all of the grammar and punctuation and spellings that I'm familiar with when I'm posting on this or any other forum. Texting and chat though, I'm very slightly more relaxed with it. But here lately ever since I got my smartphone, its auto-correcting feature has been adding most of my apostrophes for me - it even (sometimes) knows to capitalize the first word of a sentence....

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:09 pm UTC

Playing online MMOs, one... encounters... people with a range of... abilities... at least insofar as it pertains to communication.

I will not butcher my ability to communicate to blend in. I will at WORST, at absolute worst, 'must get idea out ASAP', resort to shorthand.
"Be sure to target by the numbers and maintain speed, call if webbed or out of rep range" might become "Target by numbers, keep speed up, call if webbed".

Once, at my lowest, I didn't capitalize after a period.

That said, however, I have a few conversational tics that I picked up from people over the years, but they're all hand gestures and such.b
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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby lucrezaborgia » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:30 pm UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:I will not butcher my ability to communicate to blend in. I will at WORST, at absolute worst, 'must get idea out ASAP', resort to shorthand.


Me either. Funny enough, my friends who I meet IRL who first know me online for a period of time all comment that I speak exactly as I type.

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Apparently Anonymous » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:25 am UTC

I don't change the way I speak at all (in my native language, in English I sometimes switch from British to American or some ESL accent so that it'll be easier for others to understand), but in online conversations I definitely do. I used to always user proper capitalization and punctuation, but in the past couple of years I've started adapting a bit to whomever I'm speaking to, occasionally writing without capital letters and periods.

Apart from that, I'll also use different/no smileys depending on how/if the other person uses them (sometimes I find this problematic though - sometimes smileys look silly/out of place if the conversation partner never uses them, but I'm not always sure how to let the other person know I'm joking/not being grumpy etc.).

How much I adapt depends a lot on whether or not I like the other person's writing style, though. If somebody is using typical "chat language" like u, r (I used to have no tolerance for this, but have gotten better over the years), I definitely won't follow. In other cases, when I like the way the other person is typing, I may type almost exactly like they do.

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Gear » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:51 pm UTC

Hmmm . . . my writing style does tend to change somewhat when I'm chatting with people/writing in forums/etc. but not so much in the way that other people seem to be indicating (losing grammar, picking up shorthand, etc.) but more like I'll find myself using phrases that they use a lot. Also, it's subconscious rather than 'blending in with the crowd', if that makes sense.
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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby You, sir, name? » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:16 pm UTC

I always capitalize and punctuate regardless of what others do. It's like always wearing a suit and making others look like bums in their T-shirt with pizza stains.

I guess I may use smilies when other people use them, or in informal circumstances, but only in text, and only :-), :D and D:
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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby bluebambue » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:22 pm UTC

I tend to write fairly formally, but with a decent amount of smileys. I use smileys when I feel like the words I used do not appropriately convey the tone I wish, but don't want to go through and change it.

I will write a bit more informally with a few uncapitalized letters and chat speak when talking to someone who uses that a lot.

In settings where smileys are normally accepted but the person I'm talking with doesn't use them, I will use them more sparingly.

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Kewangji » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:43 pm UTC

Yeah, I'm much with the echoscriptia

(but not when I get self-conscious about my writing style like if someone points it out)

((then I just go back to the more formal of my default writing styles, which is the one I forumpost in usually)) :P
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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:36 pm UTC

Kewangji wrote:Yeah, I'm much with the echoscriptia

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:54 pm UTC

Ditto.

(Ditto, you provincial putz??)

Sorry, I just watched Blazing Saddles again. Anyway, sometimes I'll pick up nifty new smileys or colorful similes or metaphors. My writing style tends to change with my mood or whatever my speaking style is at the moment. I've picked up a fair amount of random phrases from various friends and SOs - "fair enough" is my favorite, I picked that up from an ex a couple years ago.
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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby jawdisorder » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:22 pm UTC

I always try to write as I would normally talk (with varying degrees of success) and generally use proper punctuation. The only time I ever really deviate is with someone who is noticeably drunk in their texts. It would probably make more sense to send them well written texts but it always just feels out of place.

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Re: Changing your writing style

Postby Kaiyas » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:46 pm UTC

I adopt smilies and random expressions all the time, though usually with a twist; one of my friends uses :3 often, so I use =3 almost all the time now, because all my smilies have equal signs for eyes. However, how I actually write usually doesn't conform to anyone else's style.
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