There was a text message on my phone this morning.
It was sent at a not-unreasonable hour last night. Even if it had been sent at a ridiculous hour it wouldn’t have mattered because I typically don’t bring my cell phone upstairs with me. (Translation: in case of emergency, you should probably try the house phone.)
The text was from a number I didn’t recognize.
Hey boy where u at?
You might want to read that twice. I did.
My first reaction was to giggle. Not very much, but a little.
My second reaction was an urge to text back something like “I don’t think you meant me since I am most assuredly not a boy. I am, however, sure that you would never have passed High School English with a sentence like that.”
My third reaction (final answer) was to write a blog.
Now I’m sure whoever sent the text was not targeting me in any way. I’m guessing it was a case of mistyping a number. It didn’t feel obnoxious or threatening or any of those other adjectives that might cause someone to get upset.
I’m equally sure the writer was not aiming for the Queen’s English (the area code was decidedly US) and I recognize that we live in an area of the country where “Were’d you git that at?” is perfectly acceptable conversational English (it just makes me throw up in my mouth a little every time I hear it).
I’m can even talk myself into believing that the term “boy” referred either to the writer’s offspring or BFF.
I was watching a comedian last night (don’t ask who, I wasn’t really paying all that much attention) who was talking about finding out more about his dates by scrolling through their computer browsers and email texts. Funny, but a little scary when you think about it.
My point is not that one must always talk as though one were dictating Shakespeare.
The point is that you can never be 100%, absolutely positive who will see what you’ve written.
Who knows, you might even inadvertently send a text to someone’s mom who will then write about it for the whole world to see.