Many of us tend to shorten phrases when chatting. I was always sick of all these “glhf”, “tygg” and other unpronounceable letter combinations.
And yesterday I had an idea how to make observance of etiquette as simple and elegant as possible.
I watched two people playing Go. When they greeted each other with light bows, I thought that their figures were similar to the signs < and > at this moment.
So the idea came up, why not use these signs in the game chat? For example, the < sign to say hello, and the > sign to thank your opponent for the game. Or another option: one of the opponents greets and thanks with the sign <, the other with the sign >.
In my opinion, this practice will be better than any unpronounceable letter combinations.
I read foreign language text all the time. Concerning your original idea, I’m not a fan. And I do not mean to be rude. I personally feel that nothing says “I could care less about you or your feelings” than a single character greeting. I think anything worth saying is worthy of the time it takes to say it.
The modern culture of condensing sentences down to two and three letter groupings, delivered in seemingly incoherent strings, nonsensical whit after foolish jot, really irritates me. Taking that behavior further, whittling multiple words down to a single character…
I didn’t start it. I use full words in my chats. But all these abbreviations are ugly to disgust. In my opinion, a single sign is also not ideal, but it looks better than these disgusting abbreviations.