why typing like this is sometimes okay.

  • Published on Jul 15, 2019
  • Language changes over time, and that's fine. Time for a dose of descriptivism, as the Language Files return. Pull down the description for the references! MORE LANGUAGE FILES: tvclip.biz/p/PL96C35uN7xGLDEnHuhD7CTZES3KXFnwm0
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Comments • 4 144

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  6 months ago +8384

    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!

    • Maria Florencia Molina
      Maria Florencia Molina 4 months ago

      They are so great! I finished watching the entire playlist just a few hours ago. Keep them coming by all means! Also, I wanted you to know that with this videos (and other stuff too but this made me decide) I decided to try and study Linguistics, so thank you very very much for that. I wanted to ask you, and sorry if this is a bit impertinent, what degree did you take (I mean what is the title) and if you had study literature in order to get your degree. I'm not from the UK, I'm from Argentina, so I know Linguistics are most probably studied in a different fashion here, but I really don't know anyone who has studied this. Thank you!

    • Razor M
      Razor M 5 months ago

      no capital letters, me too

    • pmailkeey
      pmailkeey 5 months ago

      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
      carrstone01 5 months ago

      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 5 months ago


  • Orience
    Orience 8 hours ago +1

    *ThEn ExPlAiN tHIS*

  • Flowey The Flower
    Flowey The Flower 14 hours ago

    I wonder why you forgot sarcasm like this :
    i WoNdEr WhY YoU FoRgOt sArCaSm.



    KINREV Day ago

    Grammar Nazi want to know your location.

  • Castor DarkHeart
    Castor DarkHeart 3 days ago

    What about spongebob typing for sarcasm?
    _tyPinG LikE tHis tO cOnvEY sArCaSm!!!_

  • The Real Dylamb
    The Real Dylamb 3 days ago

    Homestuck typing quirks

  • delektris
    delektris 3 days ago

    The more I watch, the more fond I grow of this channel.🤘

  • Smotan
    Smotan 4 days ago

    Hello "sounds" less friendly than hello for me

  • Riptofen
    Riptofen 4 days ago

    Ok Boomer my pp smoll

  • Raphael
    Raphael 5 days ago

    people who don't use autocorrect: am i a joke to you?

  • Jude Nelson
    Jude Nelson 5 days ago

    when i want to convey i’m excited but not making and exclamation, i leave a space between the word and the exclamation mark.
    cool can’t wait !

  • Shadid Mosharraf
    Shadid Mosharraf 6 days ago


  • Rory Smith
    Rory Smith 6 days ago


  • David Smith
    David Smith 8 days ago

    So why is your title serious?

  • ღ. Ƙɑѵryíɑ .ღ
    ღ. Ƙɑѵryíɑ .ღ 8 days ago +1

    Are You Going To The Store ?
    Are you Going to the Store ?
    are you going to the store ?

  • Kat M
    Kat M 9 days ago

    literally me xd

  • Jack Bailey
    Jack Bailey 10 days ago


  • I Ate The Cheese
    I Ate The Cheese 10 days ago


  • Wreck-It Rolfe
    Wreck-It Rolfe 11 days ago

    i started writing in nocaps for a time - at least for unserious tweets.

  • Sean Bennington
    Sean Bennington 11 days ago

    I use ellipses to either trail off or change the topic of my comment. Why am I such a boomer?

    • Sean Bennington
      Sean Bennington 7 days ago

      ​@bruh moment hOW DaRe YOU !!1

      i AM sO sICK oF yOUr GeNEratIONAL WarFAre !!
      JusT BeCAUse YoU AlL ArE ToO bUSY SnApPInG YOur mEssAges ON icHAT anD TWeetINg ON YOUR mySPAces TO MovE out oF YOuR paReNTs hoUSe And buY YoUr oWN !!!!

      MaY Be its bECAuSe I diDnt EAT AvaCAdO ToAsT SPEND My PAychex On thE laTeSt isSUE wORld of wARCrAfT foR thE xboX, BUT It diDNt TaKe LoNG foR ME tO fiND a joB that ALLOWeD Me TO BUY a hOuse and RaisE a faMIly tho U PrObLeY DonT Want a faMILY SiNce YOu hAve YOUR tiNder aNd yoURe grOUPChATs!

      sPare thE rod, sPOIL THE ChilD, aND jUsT bEcauSe YOURE PaRenTs DeciDED to GIVE yOU ALl pARticIpAtIo ntroPhIES YUO all THInk yOU cAN TURn arOUNd and mAKe fuN of My Generation, WItH eVERYThIng we GavE you!!1!!

    • bruh moment
      bruh moment 9 days ago +1

      ok boomer

  • KoneSkirata
    KoneSkirata 11 days ago


  • Марк Штаркман

    dave strider is now happy

  • Amelia Lee
    Amelia Lee 12 days ago

    This is one of my favorite videos right now, it’s so simple, precise, and accurate. It explains it’s topic so well and the message of “there is no correct way to write” is one that I truly believe in

  • Aidooo
    Aidooo 12 days ago

    Don't forget about sarcasm. CaUse iT's nOt lIkE aNYonE uSes tHAt On tHe iNteRnEt

  • Diego C.
    Diego C. 12 days ago +1

    The two sentences below express the same idea
    "Sorry, could you explain that? I didn't understand what you said"

    • Stevie G
      Stevie G 10 days ago

      "?" Sounds more confused than the other

  • lilroberto
    lilroberto 14 days ago

    i'll usually talk in a way that's very comfortable, but i try to spell everything right and i don't capitalize. if it's important, i do capitalize.

  • uhlus
    uhlus 15 days ago

    the most passive aggressive text i ever recived was:

  • Crammananne
    Crammananne 16 days ago

    I wish writing like this - properly, were more respected. I get more hated for writing properly than writing improperly and childish...It's messed up and backwards.

  • Filip Carlsson
    Filip Carlsson 16 days ago


  • xXGameCreator93Xx
    xXGameCreator93Xx 17 days ago

    Sorry I had to help my uncle jack off a horse, I wasn't paying attention. What's this about capitalization not being important?

  • Swedish Prada
    Swedish Prada 17 days ago

    I hate minorities!
    I hate minorities?
    I hate minorities.
    1 h4t3 m1n0r1t135

  • Pichuii
    Pichuii 17 days ago

    brooo this vid is cool

  • IntrovertedGamer
    IntrovertedGamer 18 days ago


  • stripethecatsoldier
    stripethecatsoldier 19 days ago

    i like typing like this, i find people who type with punctuation to seem annoyed or think of themselves as smarter than others

  • Generic Goat
    Generic Goat 19 days ago

    wHy tYpiNg liKE tHIs iS soMetImeS okAY.?!

  • Friski
    Friski 20 days ago

    i hate people who put periods at the ends of their sentences

  • Jeremy MCSSJ
    Jeremy MCSSJ 20 days ago


  • Laurelindo
    Laurelindo 20 days ago

    "ok" is one of the most boring replies that you can post on an online chat.

  • Zach Durocher
    Zach Durocher 20 days ago

    Something a friend texted me once:
    Gay gay gay gay gay

  • Samuele Proietti Micozzi

    Crytyping is just so useless and stupid though,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    HAWXLEADER 21 day ago

    All lower case is indeed just laziness, not all people use a touch screen some still just use WhatsApp Facebook or whatever the hell they use on the PC with a keyboard where capitalizing requires effort.

    HAWXLEADER 21 day ago

    Also there's... For dramatic pay... Or just some multiple ideas in a row with a pause...

  • Yee Haw
    Yee Haw 21 day ago


  • :/ idk
    :/ idk 23 days ago


  • Modest 6432
    Modest 6432 23 days ago +1

    Typing Like This Isn’t Okay Though.

  • Pre-CookedMutton
    Pre-CookedMutton 24 days ago

    i cant write like this with out experiencing extreme pain 😰

  • Vito Cipponeri
    Vito Cipponeri 24 days ago

    and sarcastic is tHiS wRiTiNg uPpEr ThEn LoWeR

  • WaterBoyz1140
    WaterBoyz1140 24 days ago

    how bout u

  • blik thepro
    blik thepro 25 days ago

    oh nooooooooo

  • I do not want subscribers

    English teachers be like:

  • Nakshh Kohli
    Nakshh Kohli 25 days ago +1

    cu l8r

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    [Redacted] 25 days ago


  • saff 125
    saff 125 26 days ago +2


  • saff 125
    saff 125 26 days ago

    you forgot:
    bdjdhejej key board sjsnwkek smash
    tHis wEiRd wAy oF tyPiNg
    using w instead of r for ‘sowwy’
    leaving a space before exclamation points !!
    using two,, commas

  • saff 125
    saff 125 26 days ago +3

    i use,, two commas to portray,, waiting

    MAEDZ 26 days ago


  • doge shiba147
    doge shiba147 26 days ago +1


  • Prakarsh
    Prakarsh 26 days ago

    This video should be titled
    "All chatbots...get this"

  • Nasrullah Gunawan
    Nasrullah Gunawan 26 days ago +1

    i'm fine.