Lost in Textlation: Brunonia style

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A Brunonian attempting to discern a text’s meaning.

“Hey, wanna meet up?” A casual text, commonly seen around 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday nights. This can come in many versions, and is a pretty innocent question. To preface, once upon a time an influential “bro” named Jimmy Tatro attempted to explain the difficulties of getting lost in textlation in a hilarious, on point video describing the intricacies of the college social scene. While it accurately described your average weekend night, Blog thought that some Brown-specific advice could be helpful, helping to navigate some potential situations you could get yourself into. Here are some of these possibilities, and what they might mean for your night.

“Wanna go study at the  ____?”
Sci Li – The SciLi is where dreams go to die – they actually want to study.
Hay – Again, unless they’re going to a side room, they don’t plan on socializing with you.
Rock – Whether it’s on the main floor or carols, they want to get to know you and chat for a bit.
“Wanna go work out at the ____?” 
Keeney/EmWool – They probably don’t know how to work out, and are a bit confused about good fitness spots on campus.
Nelson – They want to impress you, and show off to everyone there.
Bear’s Lair – They actually want to work out, the gym equivalent of the SciLi.

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PSA: Sleep-texting totally exists

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Recently, I’ve woken up to a few texts asking me why I was up at 4 a.m. when I have no recollection of being awake. To my dismay, I have started “sleep-texting” some of my friends and family members. Given a somewhat questionable history of sleepwalking (and sleep-talking), I’m not completely surprised, but what’s totally bizarre is that my answers have been fairly coherent, logical, and topical. I just have no recollection of sending them. After doing some research, I have realized sleep-texting is totally a thing. Continue Reading


Sextion: Texting etiquette

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As the semester winds down, many of us are finding that it’s now or never to get to know (biblically, that is) that special someone in our comp lit class that we’ve been eyeing. Or maybe there was a really enjoyable hookup during Spring Weekend that we want to re-acquaint ourselves with. And, if we’re lucky, we’ve managed to get that person’s phone number but are now at the point where we begin the dreaded texting game. I’m sure many of you know the one I’m talking about: you’re trying to formulate a text message that is equally coy and flirty. You’re trying to seem cool and aloof while still indicating interest, and you definitely don’t want to seem creepy and desperate. So here are my tips on how to craft the perfect text message to your person of interest. The key, I think, is to be honest. And to utilize some semblance of grammar and punctuation; put question marks at the ends of your sentences, folks. Please.

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Happy Birthday, Texting!! :) <3 ;)

Twenty years ago today, the first ever text was sent by a 22-year-old engineer working at an English telecom company who was testing out the software. The text read “Merry Christmas.” I know, it is a weird text—it doesn’t even have any Emojis in it! And it’s so not non-denominational. Very dated.

Also, you’re not supposed to put a period at the end of a text like that. It comes off as like kind of terse and less like, “I casually want this conversation to keep flowing.” I know this because a friend of mine once exclaimed, “Did you feel the need to put a period?!?” when she asked to see the text I sent some boy, and when I was like,”What? Why is good punctuation bad?” she acted as if I was being slow.

And I was being slow. Because texting is a whole new language that our generation contends with, where periods, exclamation points (and their quantity), question marks, and semicolons followed by open parentheses all mean very intricate and subtle things that you can’t even really get at in normal conversation. Continue Reading


Texting while learning

Either this class really sucks, or it's a Thursday morning.

Are you reading this during class right now?  Are you simultaneously sending a text to one of your friends about either how awesome BlogDailyHerald is, how interesting (or maybe more likely if you’re texting, boring) your class is, or where to meet for lunch? Well, according to a recent study you’re not alone: 65% of students surveyed admitted to texting during class. The catch? 49% said they felt guilty about it. Interestingly, 40% of students surveyed said they felt texting should be explicitly allowed in class. Hm, it seems like there’s a number disparity here. Maybe there’s something appealing about texting when you know you’re not supposed to.

What do you think? Leave it in the comments!

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Study break of the day: December 7, 2010

Different name, same great time-wasting abilities.

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