What does ‘…’ mean in a text message?
In other platforms, it could mean that the person is typing for a response.
but in texting, the “…” after the sentence means hesitation and low-key awkwardness. It’s like the other person is struggling to maintain or find a reply just to maintain the conversation.
sometimes I misinterpret it that the person is upset with me. I had a friend who would do the “…” thing in his text. Whenever he asks me what I’m doing and I tell him stuff that’s making me busy, he would reply with an “Okay…” and that sounded like he’s upset with me and everything just springs out of context.
In literature, “…” is traditionally used to indicate a long period of time passing between the events of a story. An author might describe characters beginning a long walk … then describe them ending their walk after many hours.
This is not usually it’s meaning in text, but it borrows from that. “…” is used to help pace a text message. When you see it, it probably means that (were this spoken word) there would be a significant pause.
Pausing is very normal in normal speech, and can change the meaning of a sentence. “um, maybe you should check” could seem a lot more aggressive than the slightly worried “um… maybe you should check.”
This isn’t too different than the use of emoticons — 🙂 — to denote emotion. Text can be very hard to interpret because it lacks the nuanced interactions of face-to-face communication. Lots of little things like these have been popping up to compensate for that.
What does ‘…’ mean in a text message?
it’s a response that is meant to be vague, usually by a dimwit person who responds to text and serious questions with things like LOL.
a sure sign that this is a person you should avoid.
As everyone said, its a pause. Can add emphasis to a statement or a break for thought. This is the correct useage of it.
Alone it can mean they’re unsure how to respond or stating a pause while looking for more information or before stating there’s.
In texting, it can also be used as a line break or to add a new thought/ topic. I do this a lot. For instance, if someone texts me multiple times, I’ll reply in one message, like answer one… answer two.. etc.
I dislike blowing someone’s phone up when I know what I’m going to say. I don’t start a new line unless I’m sending more of a letter where I need to think about it all first instead of sending a second text. Or if its a worktext and I need to space out instructions.
Texts aren’t emails. This probably started because messaging apps have gone through periods where the enter key was actually the send key (so common its a setting in most apps that have both the entry and send function).
For me, its become the intuitive way to do it, there are other people who prefer to blow up phones… I dislike those people ;p
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What does ‘…’ mean in a text message
The “…”, in grammatical terms, is called an ELLIPSIS (not to be confused with ellipses, the plural for the mathematical term, ellipse, defined as a plane curve surrounding two focal points, such that for all points on the curve, the sum of the two distances to the focal points is a constant).
Technically, the ellipsis is used in writing or printing to indicate an omission, especially of letters or words. For example, the ellipsis is frequently used within quotations to jump from one phase to another or for omitting unnecessary words that do not interfere with the meaning.
Specifically, students writing research papers, for example, or newspapers quoting parts of speeches will often employ ellipsis to avoid copying longer parts of a quote that are either not needed or do not specifically add to the point the writer is trying to convey.
I am a huge abuser and misuser of the ellipsis and use it informally…AD NAUSEAM, especially in informal social media posts and rants. Per the technical, grammatical definition of the ellipsis, I misuse it by using it in place of creating a compound sentence with the use of the conjunction “and”, preceded by a comma.
And perhaps I do it at times because I’m just being lazy, and its easier for me to use an ellipsis than to decide if all the rules have been met to denote a compound sentence that necessitates a comma. But more so, I use it NOT when expressing a “mundane” compound sentence, like for example: ‘This house is too expensive, and that house is too small.’
I use it more so when explaining a “cause and effect” scenario where I want the reader’s predominant focus to be on the almost surprising nature of the leap in logic purported or demonstrated by the 2nd half of the sentence.
In the same vein, only deeper into my thought process, I use it for cause/effect scenarios where there is perhaps an initial cause but a long line of causation being committed, going straight to the final effect, which may or may not be obvious to the reader….and when not obvious usually denotes a life event worth sharing, perhaps because it doesn’t follow the logic, or whose outcome expressed may be very unusual, odd or interesting to the reader.
More specifically, the informal use of the ellipsis is to denote an omission of anything after the first/main/primary cause up to, but of course, not including the final effect expressed by the writer.
Realistically, the ellipsis in informal use in texts and posts serves as an arbitrary tool whose use is very conditional but that helps move things along or speed things up a bit in today’s time-strapped climate.
for both the reader and the writer by allowing for the omissions of potentially a long line of causation in between. More specifically, the omission takes place after the “first” or “primal” or “initial” cause is stated, and continues up to the ultimate point, or punch line if you will, is stated on the other/right side of the ellipsis.
The actual substance, nature, and dare I say soundness of the causal links in between being omitted really are of no matter, as the informal use of the ellipsis can justify incredibly blind or questionable leaps in logic, and again often done so to create humor or for entertainment value in the conversation.
I use the ellipsis most often to create dramatic effect, to get people to, in a sense, feel the incredibly fast and often chaotic nature of how one thing can seem to magically lead to another, and yet a more distant another, and so on, and so on, until what quickly results is some ultimate effect unforeseen. Thus is life. And the ellipsis is there to help capture these subtleties.
So from the readers perspective, the ellipsis serves as a grammatical road bump, or even a conceptual bridge if you will, that has the reader anticipating some logical change in direction, only to arrive at the proverbial BANG! on the other side, a surprise statement they may not have been expecting, creating a conceptual basis for the reader that places them much further down the road logically than they may have thought they’d be upon first encountering the statement.
In the most extreme cases, going from one side of the ellipsis to the next side might, at first glance, constitute a complete breakdown in communication for the reader, due to the degree of the logical leap being outside the reader’s conceptual framework.
The reader would be left with what might seem to be very out of place and radical ultimate conclusions, but alas, the human brain is great at recognizing even the most hidden patterns and filling in the blanks. And, alas, use of the ellipsis places a passive duty on the reader to ultimately recognize it for what it is in informal Communication – a simple.
often varied mechanism meant to direct the reader’s attention to one half of the sentence or the other, as well as to create a deliberate, ever so slight pause so as to force contemplation and reconciliation of what was first read and what silliness might be coming on the other side.
The ellipsis in informal writing should most often illicit simple humor and amusement, usually with regard to how radically things can progress. And the reader almost always seems to get it….or so I hope?!?!
So again, in a way, the three periods (I use even more periods than 3 for more effect or for even greater leaps along the length of the causation chain or for the most unforeseeable outcomes…almost like a drum role) are almost, as I use them, warning signs to denote a large leap in logic along the length of some causal chain coming the reader’s way.
Not separating the two parts as separate sentences keeps what might seem at first glance to be two seemingly disconnected ideas connected in the readers’ mind, forcing them like a riddle to make the ultimate connections in between, which may be a powerful experience for the reader if received correctly, making them feel as if they were “on the level” with the writer, and even that, through the natural process of filling in blanks, they are reading the writer’s mind.
What does ‘…’ mean in a text message