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I've recently switched off the T-9 dictionary thing on my mobile phone. I used it since I got my first T-9-equipped phone (a Nokia 3210), as I found it quicker for entering frequently used words. Some of my friends disdained the whole T-9 thing, preferring to enter things letter by letter. I thought this was a bit silly and ludditic, until I saw frogworth texting at a bazillion characters per second through sheer practice. Since then, I've been keying in messages letter by letter. I'm not up to such a blistering speed yet, though give me time.

(More advantages of not using T-9: (1) you don't have to look at the screen to choose words, meaning that you can, in theory, text blind whilst walking down the street, and (2) in making the semicolon difficult to get to, T-9 is probably doing a grave injury to English punctuation. Disadvantages: it's slower, at first.)

Poll #256025 The joy of text

How do you text on your phone?

Letter by letter, mostly in normal English
9(52.9%)
LTR BY LTR, W.ABBREVS
1(5.9%)
using the automatic dictionary/autocompletion feature
5(29.4%)
I don't have a mobile phone/I don't text
2(11.8%)
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On February 29th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC), gths commented:
... though I've had to add a few things to the dictionary, like "bastard" and "wanker" and "bootywhang"...
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On March 1st, 2004 12:10 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Do you find yourself using the word "bootywhang" in texts often?
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On March 1st, 2004 12:21 am (UTC), gths replied:
Not really, but it pays to be prepared...
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On March 1st, 2004 05:16 am (UTC), deejbah commented:
i find the hang between the letters is really long on my phone, so i just use the dictionary, having added abbreviations to it.
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On March 1st, 2004 05:25 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
If by "hang" you mean the delay between pressing a key and the phone letting you move on to the next letter, pressing the up-arrow key cuts that short and moves on to the next character.
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On March 1st, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC), deejbah replied:
thanks
oh, i'll have a try to see what difference that makes!
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