why typing like this is sometimes okay.

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott - Mês atrás
It has been four years since I made a language video. (And more years than that since I graduated from my linguistics degree.) Well: they're back! Three videos spread over the next few weeks, written with a great team. If you haven't seen the earlier ones, have a look at the full playlist!
Razor M
Razor M - 10 dias atrás
no capital letters, me too
pmailkeey - 15 dias atrás
You got a linguistics degree ? I ain't got a linguistics degree. So how come you started a sentence with a conjunction ('And') - and I noticed it ? If you want to have fun in the typing pool, type at a fixed rate. It'll drive the others crazy in no time.
carrstone01 - 15 dias atrás
Written communication is not, primarily, a tool for the author to express himself. What matters is whether the message is understood by the reader and for that the writer must have language and composition skills acceptable to the reader - misunderstandings are the fault of the writer, not the reader.
Artie person guy
Artie person guy - 27 dias atrás
blacksmith67 - Mês atrás
okay, I’m old... why exactly do I use ellipses?
Patrick McAsey
Patrick McAsey - Dia atrás
Somewhere towards the beginning of this video you use the phrase 'because it easier to read' as if it were incidental to writing using punctuation and upper and lower case. But you can't just dismiss this reason as if it were a mere incidental. The _point_ of punctuation is not to measure degree of formality but to make writing easier to read. The use of this convention gives a writing 'shape' and thus makes it possible to read it very quickly. If you have to read text which is all upper case or all lower case then I guarantee that you will read it more slowly than normal text. Why should a selfish writer - who does this usually because they can't be bothered - inflict this on their reader? I think it's discourteous. I am sorry, but if I see a piece either in all upper or all lower case writing or without punctuation - _or both_ - then I am left with the clear impression that the writer is not completely literate. Sometimes it's so bad that it's just about impossible to figure out what the writer is trying to say. This is discourteous to the reader, and is a sign of ignorance on the part of the writer. You can't just class this as a variety of tone or register.
LeahDell _04
LeahDell _04 - Dia atrás
☆ミu fowgot da uwu fwend 。゚(゚´Д`゚)゚。
Hymn - 3 dias atrás
1castellp - 3 dias atrás
Greyson Alley
Greyson Alley - 4 dias atrás
A few other text lingo things include:
AlTeRnAtInG cApItAlS.
S p a c e d o u t
Number ones with exclamation points for sarcasm!!1!!1!1!
Sergej Keser
Sergej Keser - 4 dias atrás
I personaly think that capitalisation and punctition (forgive my english here) should always be used. I always end my texts either with ./!/?/... or a smiley face but only sometimes, usually when talking to people that I have a really casual relationship.
KoyKoy - 4 dias atrás
There is also:
Kskjsjsjs adding extra letters for a sort of panicy/exasperated tone
s p a c i n g o u t a l l t h e l e t t e r s f o r i n t e n s i t y
AlTeRnAtInG cApItAl AnD lOwErCaSe FoR sArcAsM
(I still probably forgot some heh)
Emilio LT
Emilio LT - 5 dias atrás
W A S S U P 🅱️
ZynXc - 5 dias atrás
I use bold letters do put more emphasis on my sentence/words, such as:
kilgarragh - 6 dias atrás
Stop Subscribing To Me
Stop Subscribing To Me - 7 dias atrás
Whenever a living entity says something to me it's automatic to have sass and sarcasm
Fr Sch
Fr Sch - 7 dias atrás
Anyone else noticed that suddenly at some point likes are only shown in the thousands on youtube?
Tom you need to safe me and tell me why that is?
I know that video about the twitter problem, where the likes weren't counted right because too many likes came in and the server couldnt keep up. But I cant imagine that this is the reason to only show thousands? Like seriously, dont tell me that a comment that gets a thousand likes need to stay at 1000 until it reaches 2000 because of servers being flooded with likes
gavin endsley
gavin endsley - 7 dias atrás
0n1y r341 64m3r5 w0u1d u53 1337 5p34K
Thon Capuchon
Thon Capuchon - 7 dias atrás
Matthew VP
Matthew VP - 7 dias atrás
I was reading that some of the more mature population still type with double spaces. This goes back to typewriters - a single space was the same size as a letter so a double space looked better. It’s interesting how it’s so habitual for some people that they still do it even with modern keyboards
Jon Hernandez
Jon Hernandez - 8 dias atrás
My communications teacher should of used this video for my class 😂
princessthyemis - 8 dias atrás
This is EXTREMELY fascinating and well-presented! You explained everything wonderfully!!
Faun Radia
Faun Radia - 8 dias atrás
Ey your magesty wassup
End of Infinity
End of Infinity - 8 dias atrás
My obsessive compulsive disorder makes me have to put full stops at the end of everything. It's really annoying, because I don't want to come off as sounding irritated rip. Anyone else?
Pradeep Poonia
Pradeep Poonia - 9 dias atrás
Stephen La Follette
Stephen La Follette - 10 dias atrás
When I see poorly constructed texts, especially on Twitter, it makes me think that the person making the point is not very bright.
Супер канал Влада!
MrBCftw - 10 dias atrás
3:05 japan?
JammyKeyFloop - 10 dias atrás
Patja Forest
Patja Forest - 10 dias atrás
I'm gdjsbdkd at him mentioning crytyping like thas something I didn't expect djsnsj
Vitorruy1 - 11 dias atrás
ilikezelda64 - 12 dias atrás
You also forgot something rather new, being the sort of sarcastic writing, or other times like a mock imitation thing. Basically capital letters every other letter.
Sure, it starts as a meme, but after a while will probably become ingrained into internet lingo.

Person 1: I don't think that's a very good idea.
Person 2: "i DoN't ThInK tHaT's A vErY gOoD iDeA"
Austin Wyant
Austin Wyant - 12 dias atrás
God dammit... I wanted to know about those passive aggressive ellipses
Peter Whyman
Peter Whyman - 12 dias atrás
Great video!
Radurty - 12 dias atrás
this video is Clearly outdated please make an update
Adranir Doradrië
Adranir Doradrië - 12 dias atrás
Those who grew up with internet know another language, and they natural speakers
Qwerty-Space - 12 dias atrás
wtf happened to the audio in this one?
Rebecca Risk
Rebecca Risk - 13 dias atrás
This is very interesting, thank you!
Rudra Jain
Rudra Jain - 14 dias atrás
Hey random stranger! Lets be friends so we can talk casually.
Christopher Dibbs
Christopher Dibbs - 15 dias atrás
I don't like this. I'm too OCD to not capitalise proper nouns, and use the correct punctuation.
I can't stand, especially on the internet, when people don't use punctuation, don't capitalise correctly, misspell words, or get words entirely wrong. (There vs they're vs their.)
So saying that that's actually okay, doesn't sit well.
powerLien - 8 dias atrás
Tom Scott is saying it's okay depending on context. I personally don't mix up they're vs their vs there, but I do sometimes swap between "though" and the more casual spelling "tho", depending on the tone I'm using. I also don't capitalize most words (except I) when speaking with friends on my discord server, but I tend to when speaking to my grandma on facebook. I think it's the result of a hyperliterate society, where more and more communication is being done solely through text, and conventions and symbols developed earlier when that wasn't the case are being co-opted for other uses, now that continuing to stick with them is not necessarily recognized as an imperative for conveying information via text.
Jason Patterson
Jason Patterson - 15 dias atrás
My only real problem with the various text-based writing styles is that people are so used to them and use them so frequently that they often don't notice that they're using them in other contexts. I get lab reports from some students with bizarre capitalization patterns or missing punctuation at a much higher rate than I did 10 years ago, for instance. I also find it amusing that some young people get annoyed at the use of capitals and punctuation in something like a text or YouTube comment. (I don't plan on dying for the next 40 years or so, so get used to it, whippersnappers!)
Altefore - 15 dias atrás
I prefer to use capitalization and punctuation when I type. Even if I were to change that habit, people could still find innovative ways to misconstrue my words, or to infer meaning that I never intended. If anyone has a problem, they can ask for clarification or get over it. Auto-correct tends to create more problems than it solves, so I disabled it. I have to own up to any mistakes I make, but I can accept that.
CoolAsFreya - 15 dias atrás
I thought I was weird for purposefully de-capitalising words sometimes but apparently not
McMatthew99 - 15 dias atrás
alternatively, starting a sentence all in lowercase and then slowly incluDiNg capiTaLs tO indiCaTe riSiNg toNe or agGitAtiOn
GamingKing2436 - 15 dias atrás
0:49 this happened on my group for a day. Nooooooooooo
Taylor Ford
Taylor Ford - 15 dias atrás
I am fascinated with language and your videos are very interesting, thank you.
Spiyder - 15 dias atrás
you took this too far
小紅蛺蝶 - 15 dias atrás
It's so interesting that you pointed out that in internet speak a question mark indicates a rising tone an a full stop a falling tone? Now that I'm studying Chinese I find it really interesting how english speakers use tone to communicate emotion rather than meaning, but I never noticed this before !
Enderdavid_HD DE
Enderdavid_HD DE - 15 dias atrás
1:03 thats different in german🤨😀
German is relatively easy...🤣
despite what you’ve heard
despite what you’ve heard - 15 dias atrás
Excellent video, but did you have to make the period illustration red?
Purple Fire 28
Purple Fire 28 - 15 dias atrás
1:11 Shouldn't queen be lower case?
Limey Lassen
Limey Lassen - 15 dias atrás
/s is a fun one. People used to fully write it out as (/sarcasm) as programmer humor but it got so common that's no longer needed.
Gavin Hackland
Gavin Hackland - 15 dias atrás
Difference in tone is all well and good, but there is no excuse for bad spellong,
Stijn Weijters
Stijn Weijters - 15 dias atrás
I expect some uwu talk to creep in... thank for not using that since it should be illegal.!.!!
Vitorruy1 - 11 dias atrás
cyrilio - 15 dias atrás
Seriously, sarcasm is hard with text. Adding /s to the end of your sentence definitely helps. Especially if others might consider your sarcasm as serious and hate you.
Vitorruy1 - 11 dias atrás
The fun of sarcasm is not saying you're being sarcastic
Jäger - 15 dias atrás
I speak both German and English, and capitalisation on the internet is constantly messing me

As in written German we capitalise all our nouns compared to English where only the start of sentences and proper nouns are capitalised(this provided particularly mind boggling when I was writing my major for university).
tokionovaloid - 16 dias atrás
3:32 people who type like this are extremely irritating
David Barry
David Barry - 16 dias atrás
Although you raise many good points, your suggestion will lead to the decay of society and the eventual collapse of Western Civilization. All because of you
Shovlaxnet - 16 dias atrás
Don't forget uwu
Avia Historia
Avia Historia - 16 dias atrás
Aisha The Potato
Aisha The Potato - 16 dias atrás
I'm that one kid that corrects everyone's grammar then get into fights for doing so.
Aisha The Potato
Aisha The Potato - 8 dias atrás
@powerLien Thank you. I fixed it.
powerLien - 8 dias atrás
AL Winter
AL Winter - 17 dias atrás
MsBesthh - 18 dias atrás
Liggliluff - 18 dias atrás
But I like ominous ellipsis ...
Nifol - 18 dias atrás
Should rhetorical questions not be followed by an interrobang‽
Purple Fire 28
Purple Fire 28 - 15 dias atrás
Rhetorical questions aren't that hard to recognize, so I think not so much. Most people don't know what the interrobang is. Besides /s or ~ can indicate sarcasm so that can kind of be used in the same way
WOOD MINER - 19 dias atrás
Ninni Nicoll
Ninni Nicoll - 20 dias atrás
this is the best video ever
Mr. Awesome's Animations
Mr. Awesome's Animations - 20 dias atrás
I got a grammerly ad before this video...
Logo - 20 dias atrás
2:44 omg this explains so much of the miscommunication with my friends who don't really go to the english side of the internet

I have picked up this habit of using ? to represent rising tone for some reason, but most of the time when I do it with my rl friends on whatsapp and stuff they will misunderstand me as actually asking a question

also unrelated note but something about modern day instant messengers: I don't know if this is the norm globally, when at least from what I see, the most "casual" register would be using audio altogether. Typing out our native language in spoken form (Cantonese) turned out to look way more serious than anything else, somewhat like an "angry" kind of tone than a neutral, serious one.
Does this happen anywhere else?
Mirano - 20 dias atrás
I’m so happy these are back
Lol UWotM8?
Lol UWotM8? - 20 dias atrás
Boredman567 - 21 dia atrás
Also, probably the biggest and most traditional example of people capitalizing a word For Effect is when using pronouns for God. It's standard practice to capitalize pronouns when referring to God, and you most often see it in religious books or writings by more religious people.
Steve Perry
Steve Perry - 21 dia atrás
"I am one of many people who strongly believe capital lettering means yelling or shouting."
Steve Perry
Steve Perry - 21 dia atrás
"I don't like words like gonna and wanna.""Words should be want to be, and going to."
Steve Perry
Steve Perry - 21 dia atrás
A lot of social media users have "poor grammar" And "I don't like poor grammar."
RacingTopsy - 21 dia atrás
And then you've got the whole dilemma of speaking multiple languages (or even dialects) and both having other conventions.
In my regional swiss german we use for instance a full stop normally, a sentence lacking one would seem either stressed, disappointed, or something else in that direction.
And then you hop back to english and make a mess there haha
DepressedHuman - 22 dias atrás
Tear777 - 22 dias atrás
Paste from Discord in regards to this video: No!!!
One may speak to others in different ways depending on relationship, but proper grammar and sentence structure is always important!
You may not capitalize a word for effect or leave off periods to reduce seriousness! This guy is flat out wrong! It is not ok!
English has rules.
To ignore the rules is to impede communication and transferring of thoughts.
Alex - 22 dias atrás
c;;;u l8.r,,,
illumni the ghost book
illumni the ghost book - 22 dias atrás
only thing thats stopping me from crytyping is my phone placing a spaces after dots
Ashley C.
Ashley C. - 22 dias atrás
h-hewwo?!!!!!! is anybody thewe!!! (=úwù=) hewwo!!!!!!!!!
fburton8 - 22 dias atrás
The book looks really interesting and worth getting. Could someone please confirm that the issues with the Kindle edition have been fixed?
fburton8 - 9 dias atrás
Now the Kindle edition has disappeared. Anyone know what's going on?
ユーネポ / Yuunepo
ユーネポ / Yuunepo - 23 dias atrás
**Japanese intensifies**
Redi Dragneel
Redi Dragneel - 23 dias atrás
it's more fun too.
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