Is the SMS language taking over the English-speaking world?
Is it taking over the non-English speaking world, too? Well, this article is a brief insight into SMS language, and it includes some examples of text messages, with some popular text message abbreviations (aka SMS dictionary) included too. And, as you read it, I hope this SMS language article illuminates rather than irritates.
Remember, it’s not only on mobile phones that such SMS language is appearing these days:
* Facebook and Twitter updates are equally likely to have shorthand sentences that could look meaningless to many
* Instant messaging software like Skype often sees people writing in “txt speak”
* And online forum messages, where everyone is in such a hurry (or people just don’t know any better), are often littered with these so-called text message abbreviations
So whilst you may soon be gritting your teeth (as you read this SMS language article), remember it *is* useful to know a bit of this txt lingo…
TEXT MESSAGE EXAMPLES
Okay, here are some examples of text messages including some classic cell phone abbreviations:
1) My smmr hols wr CWOT
2) I wntd 2 go hm ASAP, 2C my M8s again
Believe it or not, these SMS examples were taken from an English essay submitted by a 13 year old British teenager. At school. Seriously! And their meaning, of course is…
1) My summer holidays were a complete waste of time
2) I wanted to go home as soon as possible, to see my mates again
I could easily make up an SMS example or two, by removing vowels and shortening words as much as possible – lk ths, u c! – but I believe this genuine SMS example is of more educational value.
Yes, that’s how the SMS language is composed – it’s all about word reduction, fewer characters to type (crucial for speed, for example, as well as space on Facebook and Twitter status updates!) But then it’s all about knowing some well-established SMS shortcuts too – no need to reinvent the wheel, I guess. And that’s where text message abbreviations come in, otherwise known as ‘SMS dictionary’.
Here’s a really short example of what I mean:
BF – boyfriend
GF – girlfriend
D8 – date
L8 – late
U – you
LMAO – laugh my ass off
IMAO – in my arrogant opinion
IMHO – in my humble opinion
(Er, in my humble opinion, opinions should always be humble!;-) )
And, finally, here are a few txt msg abrs for you to nod your head in agreement with…
TEXT MESSAGE ABBREVIATIONS
BRB – be right back
RUT – are you there?
LOL – laugh out loud
MTE – my thoughts exactly
OMG – Oh my God!
AFZ – acronym free zone (!)
FFS – for *freak* sake
2M2H – too much to handle
2MI – too much information
IK – I know
:-* – kiss
:-@ – screaming
O:-) – saintly
😉 – wink (just in case you didn’t know!)
NB freak is more often replaced with a different word beginning with F! If you get my drift!
As with all languages, the SMS language is ever-evolving, and only a few of the thousands of words/phrases/shortcuts available will ever be in common use at any one time. So panic not!
Still, these examples of SMS messages give a flavour of the communication going on out there, via phone or online…