If you want to be weird and pedantic about things (which I very much do) you could say that the first electronic text message happened all the way back in 1844. It was on May 24th of that year that inventor of the telegraph Samuel Morse sent the first message by wire using dots and dashes from Washington D.C. to Baltimore. That message was four words: “What hath God wrought?”
A rather ominous nod to the implications of this soon-to-be-world-changing technology. Maybe even way back then Morse realized that he’d be paving the way for modern wireless communication, a medium which would allow billions all over the world to casually say stupid things to each other all day every day. Nearly two centuries later and here we are, taking screenshots of our worst conversations and sharing them with strangers for fun. What hath God wrought, indeed.
Here are 10 terrible conversations as preserved by the people of Twitter. (Depending on your display, you may need to click the images to see the full screenshot.)
10. Bilingual blunders
I don’t suppose we can hold out hope that her mom doesn’t speak English?
My girlfriend accidentally texted her mom instead of me ??? pic.twitter.com/19v7klHMKT
— Adrian (@Adi_5ohh) July 23, 2019
9. Casa dea
Kid, you can look it up. JUST LOOK IT UP.
Pls stay in the house so my nephew can go back to school. Quesadilla*** pic.twitter.com/18chDk4fIy
— noemè ? (@melanienoeme) March 30, 2020
8. Wiggle room
So you’re telling me there’s a chance…
LMFAOOO MY BEST FRIEND TEXTED HER EX THIS pic.twitter.com/fD60WeaZqi
— ARISTHOTLE (@venusianbabie) April 17, 2020
To be fair, we talk shit on people to our friends. All of us. All the time.
Guy I met at Stampede just accidentally texted me this: pic.twitter.com/8it1PRb1Q3
— Jess (@a_hoyhoy) July 15, 2019
6. Seeing double
Well at least he was courteous enough to reply.
Last night I was so drunk I replied to my own text pic.twitter.com/weNp3OILqk
— OwlKing (@losingseIf) February 1, 2015
5. We know who we are
You…need to stop drinking immediately.
i drunk texted my mom again pic.twitter.com/spAXHol9dJ
— victoria ¨̮ (@toreeehhh) June 9, 2017
4. Is you is or is you ain’t
I’m looking for recommendations, not feelings.
aight imma head out pic.twitter.com/gV3J00jF57
— maybe: safa (@yungsids) January 15, 2020
3. Bad reply
This is how you don’t answer the phone.
…. I have an interview for a job tomorrow and the supervisor texted me…..? pic.twitter.com/4OxeQn0ZL5
— t?? (@tanaminks) August 6, 2019
2. Lost in the mail
I think AT&T is trying to sabotage your relationship.
what jared tried to text me vs what i actually got LMAO pic.twitter.com/w8FXqfQ00k
— czeric (@czericeliza) August 14, 2019
This is like a vaudeville routine.
Drunk texts from my mom >>>> pic.twitter.com/QvhM1SZCzk
— MOH Gerald (@YourBoyGerald) May 21, 2017
Remember everybody, try to have good phone etiquette and don’t make a mess of your conversations. But if you do, remember that it’s your solemn duty to take a screenshot and share it with the rest of us. Those are the rules.
What’s the biggest text fail you’ve ever witnessed?
Tell us about it in the comments.