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September 15, 2010 / missallaneous


You know what’s not happy? When people reply to a text message like this:

Now, admittedly, being concise is not my strongpoint; eventhough poetry training taught me to value brevity. And I do. But I’m kiasu and like to make the most of my 10cents per text, so my text messages are like an everyday poetic endeavour to squish the most meaning I can into the least amount of characters. But it’s just kinda sad when you send an extensive text on the cusp of becoming TWO texts (but with vowels cleverly edited out so it stays on the 10cent side of that equation), like:

“Hving drinks @Thirsty’s in XYZ, by Q’s plce. Wanna come by later if you’re done w work? We’re sitting upstairs, but if you can’t find us jst holla, kay?”

…and all you get in reply is:

That’s not monosyllabic. Not even mono-lexiconic. That’s a poor, lonely mono-alphabet :( It doesn’t say if you agree, if you’re gonna be there, or if you’re just acknowledging the fact that the text was received. I’d settle for “K, thx”…(even though neither of those are actual words).

Me? I like to soften the blow a little with a  “Kay :)” or an “Okie dokes.” or a “Righty-o”.  It just adds a little warmth to the message, dontcha think?

Is this just me being neurotic? Or does anyone else feel the sharp, abrupt sting of a brusque “k.”?



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  1. dennisfinocchiaro / Sep 15 2010 10:29 pm

    Hahaha great post. Just get unlimited texts and the K texts won’t matter anymore :) They bothered me until I got unlimited.

    • codyj203 / Sep 16 2010 5:24 am

      How much does the unlimited cost?

      • Teddie Bear ♥ / Sep 16 2010 8:20 am

        At Verizon, family plan unlimited text, picture, and voice is $30 per month. I think that’s a pretty good deal. :)

  2. Andrea Simpson - Conflicted Mean Girl / Sep 15 2010 10:30 pm


  3. Andrea Simpson - Conflicted Mean Girl / Sep 15 2010 10:31 pm

    Just kidding. I totally agree. I hate that response even though I’m guilty of it. I’m also bothered by emails that say just, “Thanks.” I feel like it’s a waste of my time.

  4. chamblee54 / Sep 15 2010 10:31 pm


  5. Kelly Hay / Sep 15 2010 10:38 pm

    Funny post! And no, you’re not neurotic … I know a lot of people who hate getting those EXTREMELY abbrieviated text messages! Congrats on being “Freshly Pressed!”

  6. If I texted often, maybe it would bother me. But I call people, and am called in return. I guess I am old-fashioned like that:)

  7. thewitcontinuum / Sep 15 2010 10:45 pm

    I’ve only been texting for about 8 months (due to teens who insist “OMG Mom, just try!) so I like it now, but I tent to write out everything. Like a mini e-mail. What can I say? When I get the abbreviated notes I scratch my head. I don’t know what half of them mean!! Oh, and please get unlimited text and stop worrying. (one daughter did 20,852 in July! I kid you not!)

    Love the post!

  8. Ishana / Sep 15 2010 10:46 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with this! I’ll often send a text to my partner saying “I’m leaving the store now, I’ll be home in a few minutes. Want to watch a movie or something tonight?”

    And then is the wonderful “k” I don’t even get a period. Just the letter, or sometimes two “kk” Can you feel the love? I can’t. I shrug it off as ‘he’s in a bad mood’ but it does make me wonder.

    I do the same as you, though, and personalize my texts so there is at least some personality/emotion in them. Thanks for the post and congrats on FP!

  9. Christy aka Mamarazzi / Sep 15 2010 10:46 pm

    Funny post!

    Would it be all right to text “o.k.”?

  10. WorstProfEver / Sep 15 2010 10:51 pm

    Funny and congrats. I’m torn on this stuff. I had a primitive, keyboardless phone when I started texting, and that broke me of my “wordy” fundamentalism. Now, though, seems that everybody has a keyboard, so I agree that “Kay.” would be better.

  11. theyoungmrgoodmanbrown / Sep 15 2010 10:53 pm

    Yeah I feel you, but i gotta be honest: sometimes you’re busy and you’re distracted, and some of us just hate texting. It’s nothing personal. I don’t like it much myself because I have a crappy phone and it’s annoying trying to lightning-speed text with all my friends who are zen masters at it. I would rather talk honestly, but that is even more expensive. You can’t hear the subtle inflection in tone in friends voice when they say something like “not really” or some thing else. I would rather just meed face to face because I’m old school like that, but then again in this day in age I guess being ‘old school’ is too expensive.

  12. cassie / Sep 15 2010 11:05 pm

    i do the kay :) thing too! hahahaha

  13. ryoko861 / Sep 15 2010 11:06 pm

    When I first saw that “K”, it was from my son who texted me back after I told him I was on my way to the school to pick him up.

    Wow, I thought, a new language this texting stuff is.

    I agree, go that extra mile, get that keyboard out and tap in a couple extra letters.

  14. rkozu / Sep 15 2010 11:12 pm

    you need to get unlimited texts! hehe :)

  15. nothingexistswithtime / Sep 15 2010 11:12 pm

    Yes!! I totally agree..I just hate the K reply!!

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  16. Sunflowerdiva / Sep 15 2010 11:12 pm

    I totally understand how you feel. In my texts I use up all 140 characters. And if I say something like where we are waiting for my friends and where are they and did they get lost, all I get back is a “K” or a “Yeah” or another one syllable word. It’s irritating sometimes, but I’ll admit that I sometimes answer “K.” The world is transitioning to technology-addicts from educated bookworms. And it’s frightening.

    Great post. Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed! :D

  17. Ernest Tjia / Sep 15 2010 11:19 pm


    But I’m going to be very nit-picky here and say that ‘K’ is /not/ mono-alphabetic. ‘Alphabet’ refers to the entire set of letters.

    Oh, and what usually helps when dealing with such a reply is bombarding them with more texts. Until they finally blow up.

  18. Mic Villamayor / Sep 15 2010 11:21 pm

    Receiving a text message like that is very frustrating. I understand how you feel. :D If it were me I won’t even reply because sending a single letter seems like a waste of money. haha.

    And I agree with you sending different variations of affirmation messages. I do that a lot too. :D

  19. slowvelder / Sep 15 2010 11:25 pm

    oh dear – I’m guilty – never even thought it would be an issue though? Makes you think doesn’t it.

  20. minimarty / Sep 15 2010 11:34 pm

    Well, it could have been lower-cased. And it does have punctuation.

    Hmmm… I think I like it, actually. After all, I am a pioneer in closed-mouth talking techniques.


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  21. joshsuds / Sep 15 2010 11:35 pm

    I agree! Also, sometimes I get “K.” in response to “Please let me know if you’re coming.” :-P

  22. proseoverhoes / Sep 15 2010 11:42 pm

    I COMPLETELY agree! I cringe whenever I receive a K text. It’s like they didn’t care enough to include the whole word? I don’t know. I’ll give them that it’s maybe easier, but texting is already SO impersonal. If you can’t text an entire – WHOA – 4 letter word at that moment, then wait until you can, people! And I’m with you — whenever I find myself being a “K”-sayer, I usually say “Mmmkay!” or “Sounds good!” depending on what is said.

    And of course, congrats on being Freshly Pressed :)

  23. William / Sep 15 2010 11:51 pm

    I can totally relate to this post because I just love giving such long replies – in fact, I’m kinda like a Dr. Phil for a lot of family and friends (I’m just as bald too!) and I write such long essays to my friends to cheer them up or motivate them and stuff – and then in the end, I get messages like “K”. It drives me up the wall. I’d just like to strangle the person – I wrote all that and you can’t be bothered to press anything more than a single letter. Anyway, really enjoyed your post. Thanks.

  24. shmode / Sep 15 2010 11:52 pm

    That’s something my dh does and it drives me bonkers… but then again, he knows it and is likely to do it on purpose to drive me bonkers.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  25. Lindsay / Sep 15 2010 11:59 pm

    I could NOT agree more! But I am a language ‘purist’ and absolutely REFUSE to use short hand when texting.

  26. karliana / Sep 16 2010 12:05 am

    When I was in college, my teacher always call me K. :)

  27. CrystalSpins / Sep 16 2010 12:07 am

    I am totally with you. I hate, hate HATE One-word texts. Why bother even answering?


  28. Dwayne Harman / Sep 16 2010 12:08 am

    I agree!!! In fact though, what is far worse then a text, is an email reply with a “k.” There is no excuse for such a thing. :p

  29. milieus / Sep 16 2010 12:19 am

    I yelled at my mom for saying “OK” to me in a text. By yelled, I mean texted angrily. I completely agree with you 100%! I took the effort to type to you, so you can spend a second typing to me too.

    Another thing that bugs me is on BlackBerry Messenger. I can see that you read my message. Why haven’t you responded? You apparently have enough time to look at your phone, but I guess I’m not important enough.

    That’s how I feel! Keep up the great blogging!
    <3 Milieu

  30. pbandchutney / Sep 16 2010 12:21 am

    I totally agree!! That is so annoying. I hate when people do that on IM at work too – is it that hard to type one more letter to complete it – like “OK”.

  31. rushe / Sep 16 2010 12:25 am

    Our lives are becoming way too textualized.

  32. She.Is.Just.A.Rat / Sep 16 2010 12:26 am

    Well…at least it wasn’t a “…”

  33. alanfriday55 / Sep 16 2010 12:34 am


  34. Li Li / Sep 16 2010 12:49 am

    I have to admit that I do employ the “K.” from time to time.

    ::hangs head in shame::

    Which is my only exception to the texting rule, because I really hate text speak. I use the dreaded K when I am responding to something that a co-worker has text me that I don’t like. You know, the ol’ “hey, i am running late can you cover my class?”

    What I really want to reply is “Uh. H*LL no. Get your a$$ here on time.” But that isn’t professional– or being a team player– so I settle for the short and brusque K. I feel that it gets my point across. ;)

    PS– great post and congrats on being FP!

    • missallaneous / Sep 16 2010 1:42 pm

      Li Li: Hahaha… that’s TOTALLY what I hear when someone texts me “K.” Thanks for stopping by!

  35. jamieinlondon / Sep 16 2010 12:50 am

    Saying “K” is just laziness and, in some ways, sort of disrespectful to the other person in the conversation. Sounds a little dismissive to me.

  36. Acai / Sep 16 2010 12:55 am

    lol I love it. And I hate when I get this response! Great post keep them coming. Thanks for the good laugh.

  37. anwa / Sep 16 2010 1:04 am

    I hate the “k.” (Although I must say that the series of the same title is pretty good.) My friends go out of their way to irk me with it; I always respond with ‘kaysies or something of the sort.

  38. liza / Sep 16 2010 1:10 am

    I totally agree!! (And I don’t have unlimited text, but I have a high enough package it doesn’t matter)…
    I was just talking to a coworker about this the other day! is it that much harder to either say yes or no (to the ambiguous kind of “K” that you mentioned earlier), or even just NOT text until they CAN text something more definitive (“I can’t” or “working” or “be there”). How hard is that?

  39. notesfromrumbleycottage / Sep 16 2010 1:10 am

    I hate that response, too. But it is better than no response at all. K?

  40. Catherine / Sep 16 2010 1:17 am

    Haha, agreed completely. I also don’t like when someone just says “Thx” to a text. Thanks, what? Are you coming? Unless I only gave you a compliment in my text to you, “thx” is not enough of a response. Also hate when you ask two questions and they only answer one. Is it really that hard?

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  41. naenaeice / Sep 16 2010 1:29 am

    People tend to send me “K” when they’re mad at me. So I definitely agree.

  42. Candice / Sep 16 2010 1:36 am

    Great Post! Brilliant!

  43. kkonvo / Sep 16 2010 1:39 am

    “K” Doesn’t just annoy me, it makes my heart a little sad! Brevity isn’t the issue, you don’t need to write a flippin’ book, but at least give me an answer that doesn’t require me to ask for clarification or act as a mind reader. I most often use “K” in a semi-hostile manner. It only comes out when I’m a little peeved and don’t want to spend the time to write more than is marginally necessary. I prefer “k” in these situations.

  44. Delorfinde / Sep 16 2010 1:49 am

    My friend once sent me a poem by text :D

  45. jollyjam1 / Sep 16 2010 1:51 am

    “K” is jus plain lazy. And I haven’t found a text plan that charges by the letter, so an “I’ll be there” won’t cost any more money. Though the lazy will turn it into “I’ll b threre” as if texting one less letter was such a time saver.

  46. sara / Sep 16 2010 1:55 am

    I love this post- its refreshing to see that other people actually think the same and then DO something about it. Blogs are for lil rants now and again aren’t they!? keep it up! :)

  47. Gio / Sep 16 2010 1:58 am

    Great post!
    I am split on the “K” thing.

    If you get a personal detailed message which requires a fitting response then “K” will certainly not suffice. If “Ok” or “Gotcha” or any similar word works as a response to the text, then the infamous “K” should be fine as well.

    I consider myself a poet of sorts and love to write yet I don’t feel the need to leave lengthy text messages or responses or wax poetic when all that is needed is the bottom line…JUST GET TO THE POINT…K?

  48. dcwright02 / Sep 16 2010 2:02 am

    as a poet, i love all letters of the alphabet
    equally. all 25 of them… k has no place…

    congrats on your fresh press!

  49. Anna Smith / Sep 16 2010 2:09 am

    I love texting new speak. However it does not give anyone permission to be rude.

  50. Anonymous / Sep 16 2010 2:17 am

    lov it!

  51. Natasha / Sep 16 2010 2:25 am

    I just want to agree completely…I chuckled a little reading this while at work. I kinda feel like I would rather no response than receiving that response….im pretty sure

  52. markp427 / Sep 16 2010 2:28 am

    I once received a text that said 10Q. Took me a loooong time to realize they were saying “thank you.” So, in that instance at least, I’d have preferred the simplicity of K.

  53. kissmeimshomer / Sep 16 2010 2:29 am

    agreed all they way. I’ll txt someone a whole long text and all I get is k.

  54. turbokerri / Sep 16 2010 2:35 am

    1. Texts are 20cents now, I believe. =)
    2. I agree–I am NOT a fan whatsoever of “text speak.” A couple abbreviations here and there are fine, but when a word gets so mangled I can’t even decipher it anymore, you’ve gone too far. I know “K.” doesn’t really fall in that category, but I find it annoying on the same level. In fact, I just saw a comment on someone else’s blog that was 2 paragraphs long and all in text speak!! Come on, really? =)

    Great post!

  55. lifeintheboomerlane / Sep 16 2010 2:46 am

    So funny. Soon, we will be texting only by symbols. Oh wait, we won’t even have to use symbols. We’ll sort of nod our heads ever-so-slightly and the communication device that had been implanted in our brain will send the correct signal.

  56. sayitinasong / Sep 16 2010 2:48 am

    OMG…I’m the one who would answer back just “K”…that was so funny… You are absolutely right…I will grey to make more effort from now on….

  57. izziedarling / Sep 16 2010 2:51 am

    To me, that response radiates pitiful, lonely,sad. Meh! on K.

  58. sayitinasong / Sep 16 2010 2:52 am

    Yeah, OK…(see, I’m making an effort already…) grey in my last comment was not some super cool texting lingo but a good old fashioned typo…I meant try of course….

  59. Sinead / Sep 16 2010 2:57 am

    ha i totally agree, it just seems a bit of an abrupt response when you’ve gone to the trouble of sending a full message…even a little ! or a :) makes a k more acceptable

  60. mairzeebp / Sep 16 2010 2:59 am

    When I first started texting, I despised anything where words were abbreviated just to squeeze in content. I promised myself I would never do it and that I would stand by my thoughts and my six text answers. Now, I must admit, as my head hangs in shame, that I have sent K as a response more than once. It’s funny actually because when I get it back, it makes my blood boil a little. K meaning ok? or K thanks for giving me the heads up or K, I’m angry at you right now and am sending you something to keep you quiet but don’t want to really chat? Man. Who knew one little letter could get me so heated :). I really enjoyed the post, thanks!

  61. evilcyber / Sep 16 2010 3:24 am

    I find a hard to decipher text with missing vowels more appalling than a “k” as response.

  62. sylviangirl / Sep 16 2010 4:33 am

    aarrggghh it drives me crazy when people do that (and my mum does it all the time ggrr)!! Im glad im not alone on this one! :D

  63. Matt / Sep 16 2010 4:38 am

    Jesus H. Christ! I had no idea that such a large swatch of society was irked by ‘k’ as a response. I like your post. I do. But after scanning the comments I’m gonna get in line behind the people (all two of them if I saw right…) that say it’s better than being ignored.

    • missallaneous / Sep 16 2010 1:50 pm

      I know, right?! Who knew that many people felt so strongly about one letter. I just thought I was crazy.

      You’re right, though. It’s better than no response. And infinitely better than a “…” response.

  64. Singleat4o / Sep 16 2010 5:11 am

    I like the use of ‘k’. As a creative writer I actually like perverting and shrinking text… and brevity counts. If you’re in a situation where you can’t spell out “Okie dokie, I look forward to seeing you.” a “k” should suffice. Your friends will still love you…K? K.

  65. codyj203 / Sep 16 2010 5:19 am

    That is great! I understand what you mean, but it does actually seems a bit neurotic.

    This was a very enjoyable read.
    I think you may enjoy

  66. tsheuerman / Sep 16 2010 5:25 am

    Hilarious! Thank you for shining light on this horrible way of replying.

  67. 79sparrows / Sep 16 2010 5:38 am

    It used to get on my nerves, but now I look at it as a time saver.

  68. Nikhil Kardale / Sep 16 2010 5:59 am

    Oh, that was a nicely written post! It was high time that someone expressed their feelings against the most annoying response ever invented by mankind. This definitely deserved a mention of Freshly Pressed. Congrats :)

    What’s more, I too rarely manage to fit in everything in a single 160 character message on the phone, and it often spills over beyond that limit. Well, that’s ok on the phone, but it is more of a balancing act on Twitter, because it just doesn’t accept anything beyond 140 characters!

  69. kelseyrhodes / Sep 16 2010 6:11 am

    I always respond with “okie doke” or something of the like. Beacause really, what is “K”? It’s like an acryonym that’s been stipped of any remaining warmth and personality.

  70. mct88 / Sep 16 2010 6:16 am

    I try my hardest to send one message texts because my friends aren’t on the same server as me. They label my text messaging as ghetto.

    And i hate receiving texts that say “kk”

    Uhm, I don’t exactly understand what that means either.

    • evilcyber / Sep 16 2010 10:57 am

      It means “I couldn’t be bothered to find the ‘o'”.

  71. jenn / Sep 16 2010 6:55 am

    I know what this is like–an abysmal response to an artfully constructed text message so that all of my comments, ideas, questions can fit into those 160 characters… only to be met with such an unsatisfactory letter carelessly spat out. Did they even read my text? Do they care how hard I tried, how much I want to see them or how important my message is!? -tear-

    • evilcyber / Sep 16 2010 10:58 am

      Leaving out the vowels is an “artfully constructed text message”?

      • jenn / Sep 16 2010 1:49 pm

        Haha! When you can fit five independent ideas within a box of 160 characters, I’d say that counts as spectacular use of limited space, hence my choice of the word artful. Not that text messages are exceptional pieces of prose, it was a joke…

  72. The Gates of Lodore / Sep 16 2010 6:59 am

    First initial of my name – so I guess it could confuse me. But, I lost my job and I am back to land line only (rotary-dial at that) – so perhaps none of it matters.

  73. diamondgirlzzz / Sep 16 2010 7:22 am

    i totally agree, K. is no way to communicate in this day and age. To me its pretty much the equivalent of someone grunting without giving you eye contact as a response to a question. These people could very well be beings that have not made the leap of evolution from ape to man

    • evilcyber / Sep 16 2010 11:00 am

      There are people that argue Twitter is no way to communicate either ;)

  74. hearttypat / Sep 16 2010 7:42 am

    What’sApp user? Seriously, monosyllables reply is on the rise with that one.

    Be thankful that a full-stop was added at the end.

  75. Jae / Sep 16 2010 8:24 am

    I share the same sentiment as yours. I’d rather reply with ‘OK.’ or ‘Mmmkay’ than just plain ‘K.’

    Cool post, by the way! :)

  76. Christine Marie / Sep 16 2010 8:26 am

    Ugh. I hate the “K”. I hate the K, I hate the “Thx”. I hate any one letter/word answer that is abbreviated beyond necessity. I put too much emotion-guessing into texts, or even tweets, for that matter. When I receive a response like that, I think “oh, great, you don’t even care!” What did I do wrong? What can I do to make it better? What should I have said?

    See what happens to me? So for anyone that leaves K…just think of how much I would freak out. Have some consideration. At least put a stupid smiley face for crying out loud.


  77. monica / Sep 16 2010 8:34 am

    LOL!!!! I love this.. I feel you..I get that very same response from my mom when I text her..sshheesshh..

  78. cherylanng / Sep 16 2010 8:35 am

    Thanks for the chuckles!

  79. daiqian / Sep 16 2010 8:40 am

    good post i can’t agree more! It irks me the most especially when it’s a reply to my whole chunk of paragraph. Hurts a little to be truthful! D:

    p/s : singaporean? ;)

  80. Rivki @ Life in the Married Lane / Sep 16 2010 8:51 am

    Very cute! I really don’t text, at all (gosh, that makes me feel old – I’m only 30!!), so I can’t relate to the pain of the abruptness of a single-letter response. However, I will be devil’s advocate and say that there is something elegant about the simplicity of a single character on a screen. Simple, classic, uncomplicated. I’m sorry it makes you feel cheated, though. Hopefully your friends will read your post and will make more of an effort in the future!!

    Congrats on being FP!

  81. politeandparanoid / Sep 16 2010 9:02 am

    so funny & true. next time i’m going to try “okie dokes” =)

    • missallaneous / Sep 16 2010 1:56 pm

      Aw, thanks for making the effort! We appreciate it :D

  82. utherdoul / Sep 16 2010 9:33 am

    I got a ‘k’ (lowercase, with no punctuation) and being the paranoid I am, I assumed the sender was angry or annoyed somehow by me. For some unknown reason, I feel the opposite with ‘kk’ – it seems jolly (but still dismissive).

    I have Grammar Fanaticism, though. I’ll reduce what I need to say in a text message purely so I can use full spellings and avoid phonetic ‘txt spk’. My cousin removes vowels from every non-verbal message to me, to the extent that I’m convinced his keyboard is missing letters. I mean, how much time are you saving, really?

    • fa / Sep 16 2010 9:25 pm

      It does seem that the sender is angry, annoyed or pissed when you get a “K” .

  83. {CVB} / Sep 16 2010 10:09 am

    K= Konversation ended.

    • Gio / Sep 16 2010 11:54 am


  84. phgoh / Sep 16 2010 10:19 am

    yes yes, totally.
    K in a text message is like such a cold response.
    totally hate it, i always make it a habit to write “okays. ((:”
    at least a smiley makes it more approachable.

    PS: and gratz on freshly pressed. C:

  85. tokyo24 / Sep 16 2010 10:36 am

    I thought that was just me being anal and annoyed by one letter instead of words. I remember I bought it up with my best mate after I got the k.response and she just told me mostly her boyfriends and men in general tend to be abrupt with their texts whereas us women use more words. So I told myself get use to it!

  86. Seuhle / Sep 16 2010 10:40 am

    Absolutely! I see a piece of myself in you, always trying to make full use of the limited space in a text message. The whole thing about receiving a “k” is another story.. for such a short mono-alphabetic word, it actually makes one like us think more. Why does it sound so cold, what is s/he trying to mean, etc. Kind of amusing actually :)

  87. BeneathTheSpinLight / Sep 16 2010 10:53 am

    I hate the “K.” but I love your blog. Keep it up. K? :)

  88. sarahnsh / Sep 16 2010 11:02 am

    This is why I’m not much of a texter, I just can’t stand spending all that time going through each letter, making it into a word, and then getting a little message in return. Drives me nuts every time.

  89. Mormon Soprano / Sep 16 2010 11:14 am

    Perhaps the only thing sillier than receiving “K.” is receiving a code for similated emotion such as “: )” or “; )” or simply the avant garde “parenthetical emotion” abbreviated as ) or (
    Seriously? You betcha! I have teens.

    I also have unlimited texting enabled. I recommend it.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! – MoSop

  90. 1sttime0ffender / Sep 16 2010 11:14 am

    I use the one letter or one word answers to be as noncommittal as possible

  91. inkgwen / Sep 16 2010 11:18 am

    HAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Glad to know I’m not the only one who feels this way!! :) I’ve given a few of my friends tongue lashings (not really, but sort of) for that cold letter K. I have switched to unlimited text, but that is beside the point. It’s not about the 10 cents. It’s more about, like you said, I just sent you a great text, but all you can send back is one letter…what does that MEAN!?? Also, the anticipation, when you get your little notification that you’ve received a text, and the anticipation of what might be there, only to be disappointed by finding a “K.” It’s become my least favorite letter! I’d be happier with an “ok”, or better yet, don’t even respond if all you can muster up is “k”. :P *whew* Glad I got that off my chest! THANKS FOR THE POST!!!!!!!!! :)

  92. hippiechick11 / Sep 16 2010 11:21 am

    I completely understand that! One word texts, especially the K, are my biggest pet peeve. Especially when you poured your heart into your message. I love your blog by the way :)

  93. karelwalker / Sep 16 2010 11:40 am

    all you have to do is add “arel walker’ and voila! here I am.! Karel walkers blog is there somewhere but it seems unaccessable to anyone but the author. why is it so? I dunno.

  94. Jay Laxamana / Sep 16 2010 11:41 am

    Neurotic? No, because “k.” really doesn’t say much of anything but at the same time, I’m not really the type of person to put exclamation points and happy faces on everything either. Had I got the same text, I probably would have given it s simple “Nice. C u soon.” or if I were to decline, “Nice. Sorry can’t make it.” Still straight to the point with a simple dose of human touch.

  95. The Alchemist / Sep 16 2010 12:41 pm

    Hey, nice post! Infact great post I have read in a couple of day and I am forwarding this link to my husband. Hope he understands ;)
    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  96. Togar Silaban / Sep 16 2010 1:23 pm

    Hmh… happens around the world. My son did it too (off course in our language). He replied with two characters…..

  97. arch1k / Sep 16 2010 2:08 pm

    I agree. Why even bother with a comma in that case. just sent a “k”.
    I simply feel that if I put effort into a message and the other party does not reciprocate on a number of occasions, i know that that party does not respect me. Thats when i break ties. What i’m saying is that maybe, the “K.” person simply doesn’t care for you that much. And, that is also ok.

  98. outdoorexplorer / Sep 16 2010 2:28 pm

    Lol. Fantastic.

    I have unlimited texts and the “K” still bothers me. I admit there are times I use it to acknowledge receiving a text, but only because I haven’t yet decided what a full reply will entail and people text me again sometimes if I don’t reply fast enough!

  99. Thomas Stazyk / Sep 16 2010 2:47 pm


  100. Haribo / Sep 16 2010 4:51 pm

    VERY pleased to see a post on this! i HATE k.

    especially with a full stop!

  101. Danniel / Sep 16 2010 4:54 pm

    Poor O. The O and the K used to be best friends but it appears the K has decided to go solo. I don’t feel sorry for the annoyance I get when a person responds with a single letter and usually not even a period afterwards. I feel sorry for the left behind O. It’s like the O and the K got a divorce and the K got to keep the billions of friends who texts, and what’s worst is that in many situations the O gets replaced with the often easier to access on phones 0. p00r, p00r, O.

    • fa / Sep 16 2010 9:19 pm

      :))) Agreeee!!

      • arch1k / Sep 16 2010 11:04 pm

        Actually, there is an etymological version stating that “OK” comes from the slogan “0K” (Zero Kay), which really is a short form of “Zero Kills”. Therefore, I think that 0K(Zero Kay) is a totally legitimate variation, and in fact quite a witty one.

  102. eurybe08 / Sep 16 2010 7:51 pm

    Nice Post! Very well said, I find it so annoying after sending a long text message with all the information’s and all. Then all you receive in return is a message containing 1 letter ( K ).

  103. Therapy Monkey / Sep 16 2010 8:09 pm

    Great post. Congrats on freshly pressed

  104. theforc / Sep 16 2010 8:29 pm

    If yout think “Kay” is any better than “K.”, you can’t be helped. And okie-dokie is supposed to be a better use of your 10 cents?
    Text messages are about content, what you want to say. If you want to apply standards to how people say what they want to say, you will need to rely on a mode of communication that does not limit the letters you can use. So, when you want to express “i agree” / “that’s a good idea” / “i’ll think about it” / “what you said”, then “K.” is an adequate text message. It’s concise, to the point, and appropriate for these ultra-immediate-no-time-to-think-about-anything times.

  105. Tommi / Sep 16 2010 8:31 pm

    HAHAHHA that is so true. I get frustrated when they do that. I feel like I jst wasted my time explaining my hearts out and all I got was a K.

  106. Felice Forby / Sep 16 2010 8:43 pm

    Hahaha, agree times a million.
    What I find more annoying is no punctuation: hey whats up how r u I’m going to a party tomorrow want to go

  107. fa / Sep 16 2010 9:18 pm

    Totally agree. To me it seems downright rude to reply with a K. Though i sometimes DO reply with a K, so that the person knows i am pissed :P

    and i do the “Righto” thing :D

  108. henori / Sep 16 2010 10:25 pm

    This is a huge pet peeve of mine. :(

  109. Amanda / Sep 16 2010 10:32 pm

    …which reminds me, I have a teacher whom we students call Ms K. I think she is to us as the “K” is to you. And don’t worry, you’re not alone.

    Cheers :)

  110. beckyyk / Sep 16 2010 10:53 pm

    so true. it’s so frustrating sometimes.

  111. bandsmoke / Sep 16 2010 11:07 pm

    The whole K thing is a first for me – like you I’m a fan of slightly more friendly text and often go into two or three (hanging my head in shame), being concise is not my thing – great post :-)

  112. Tiffany / Sep 16 2010 11:10 pm

    I totally agree with you. In fact, when Alex texts me that he’ll be out late or replies to me with an answer I don’t like I reply with “K”. Normally, I say “okay” or something warm and friendly. Although I’m not sure he realizes the distinction. :)

  113. Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson / Sep 17 2010 12:23 am

    I assume, as bloggers, we all love to write, that we love words, so I am not surprised that you would be offended by the hard, cold “K.” As an educator, I am telling you that an entire generation of students is having a very hard time understanding that there are TWO types of audiences: friends and people you might want to impress.

    I can’t believe how – since the advent of text – students have lost their ability to use apostrophes, commas, end punctuation, capitalization — and it is breaking my heart. It may also break our country. We depend on our children to be literate, and text messaging is stripping them of these skills. I understand that it is easier to write:

    im goin 2 the store/ b home soon

    rather than

    I’m going to the store, but I’ll be home soon. But what worries me more is that text messaging is not intimate discourse at all, not really. It is all little bits of information, delivered cold and hard (and, sometimes, to many people at once). It’s impersonal. Why wouldn’t you just pick up the phone and let the person you’d like to meet know where you’ll be and that you’d really like to see him/her. Wow, I would assume that a person who loves words would understand this. If you want intimacy, you need to – in the very least HEAR a person on the other side of the line. Why do you think your text is any warmer than the cold “K.” Just because it is more letters?


  114. kaykaywaters / Sep 17 2010 8:41 am

    I know exactly what you’re saying! I can not stand it when someone replies “K” after sending them a message, especially when it was something well thought out, or whatnot.

  115. Dipa Kalawi / Sep 17 2010 3:22 pm

    In my country they were called “ALAY” language, in nasty writing “4L4Y”

  116. Annoying Boy / Sep 19 2010 3:32 am

    Not just “k”, “yea” is also very rampant as a default reply for everything!

    • Dipa Kalawi / Nov 18 2010 1:36 pm

      ‘ea’ used to reply for YES in Indonesia nowadays, ‘yes’ in real language is:
      YES: IYA

      such a limp.

  117. thesocratesofsnails / Sep 19 2010 4:44 am

    When I saw this, I thought of Joseph K. from “The Trial” (whose name is always shortened to just K.). Then I read your article, and I imagined him sending a text to Fräulein Bürstner, and I lol’d.

  118. Karelwalker / Sep 19 2010 9:33 am

    Just fixed it. If you google Karelwalkers blog you will find it. I’d love to get any feedback. this story is written, but is envisioned to be a movie. Know any good screenplay writers?

  119. kdpurdes / Sep 19 2010 12:34 pm

    HAHA!! I am with ya when it comes to the context in which the K is used. I do tend to soften it up by saying okeedokee, okay? **

    Funny mind provoking posts! Thnx!!!


  120. underworldstudios / Sep 20 2010 1:57 am

    OK. Here’s the thing. I have a really old Cell phone, where you have to dial the same key 3-4 times to get to the letter you want. Now I’m not saying this is always the case but if your friend has an older phone this may explain the K. However if it is K and . afterwards then their just brushing you off.

  121. Andreas Moser / Sep 20 2010 2:58 am

    It’s efficient though.


  122. faithway12 / Sep 20 2010 7:19 am

    everytime I say the word “k”, it annoys me. You could at least say “k, thanks.” or in some cases, “k….” (then start a new topic?)

    Congrats on getting on freshly pressed! :)

  123. barrycyrus / Sep 20 2010 3:13 pm

    you’re not being neurotic. you’re being human. i guess we just want to feel at least welcomed even if by thru text.i feel you! :)

  124. alexfornow / Sep 21 2010 7:02 am

    k got it ;)

  125. twotoned / Sep 27 2010 8:59 am

    I feel the same and on rare occasions, I’m one of those people who really just says ‘K.’ just when I want to get piss people off.

  126. rhapsodyrose / Oct 2 2010 12:37 pm


    The rest of the response is implied “K” essentially means “Yes I am coming, Yes I will meet at @Thirsty’s in XYZ, by Q’s plce. and if I can’t find you I’ll jst holla,

    Nice post…..keep it coming

  127. Jake / Oct 5 2010 9:38 pm

    K is preferable to nothing at all


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    Omg nice one, never tought that one :

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