Originally Posted by FilmGeek
I agree, and my post wasn't to defend nor confound Fish's post, merely to explain what I thought he/she meant.
That said, typing out 'In my humble opinion' or 'I am not a lawyer' takes a lot more effort than putting the 'e' at the end of 'be'.
Amen. I had been going to say that. You beat me to it.
As for movie titles I'm not usually going to abbreviate say, Pulp Fiction to PF, unless I repeat the title several times in a post. But, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is definitely going to be LOTR: ROTK.
But then again, context is everything. If you're in a movie newsgroup (for instance) and there's a thread about Lord of the Rings, then LOTR makes sense. But if in the middle of that threat, somebody throws in HPATSS, you're going to go "Whafuck?" (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). The context is wrong.
My biggest problem with cellphone text messaging abbreviations is that I have to translate them. No, maybe not 'u' but definitely most of the others. And, yes, I would simply "choose to not read his posts" if I had a way to /gag or killfile posts from an individual poster. I do not. I merely read along down the thread and if a post stands out, I read the author's name, and...mutter, grumble, dammit, there's that idjit again. Too late. I've already found myself slogging through.