ChatterBank1 min ago
Text or Texted ?
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If 'to text' is not yet in the Dictionary, then your boyfriend is wrong aswell, Angel41, since 'text' does not have a verbal sense, and therefore, by his own definition, is not a word.
I haven't seen the latest OED (Oxford English Dictionary) to see if 'text' (as a verb) is listed, but;
- If it's not listed, it will only be a matter of time, as the OED reflects our changing language.
- When it is listed, (or if it already is), it will tell you the past-participle of the verb and settle your argument for you.
Until then, use whatever you feel comfortable with, and aslong as everyone understands what you mean, what's the problem?
I think I tend to use 'texted' as well, come to think of it.
Oh, frabjous day! I wish I'd thought of this one; it's been annoying me for ages.
I'm very much with Tiesto. I have no problem with the language evolving but, for goodness' sake, be consistent. If you insist on the development of this verb "to text", then stick with it. It has to be "texted" and not "he text me", "he texed me".
I particularly like Quizmonster's "taxt" & "toxt". Does this also extend to "I have tuxt"?
It's not possible to say 'there's no such word as texted' just because it isn't in the OED; if the lexical item is in common use, what else is it other than a word?! Spoken language moves much, much more quickly than dictionaries can keep up with. Dictionaries aren't responsible for making new words, they report usage, so whatever is the commonly-used past tense form of 'to text' will be in the dictionary; as cute as 'taxt' and 'toxt' are, I think the prevailing usage is certainly 'texted' (inventing novel irregular verbs is not that easy!), so that's what'll end up in the dictionary.
Yeah, Quizmonster, I know. I was just making sure...
Since yesterday, I've actually heard a great many people saying 'text' as a past tense form of 'to text'. So it may be a new irregular verb after all! (Albeit only amongst the too-lazy-for-an-extra-syllable generation; perhaps we should forget the debate and just call the past tense 'txt'?)