Thanks to AT&T and Verizon unlimited texting plans, the average teen texter sent and received 2,272 texts per month in 2008. That’s about 80 texts per day, according to the Neilsen Company.
More than one trillion text messages flew through the ether in the United States last year.
Physicians, psychiatrists and pediatricians, who fear that texting may cause sleep deprivation, dipping grades and anxiety, are ringing warning bells.
In response, a teen might text: 4COL! MYOB! GAC! 10Q
Translation: 4COL (For Crying Out Loud). MYOB (Mind Your Own Business). GAC (Get a Clue). 10Q (Thank You).
This is the world of texting with acronyms. An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of words. If a person reads funny text, he might respond: LOL! LOL means laughing out loud.
These abbreviations are used in instant messages, chat rooms, short message services, text messages and E-mails.
Text messages have a length limit. Users have developed these texting acronyms to communicate as much as possible within that character limit. For example, Twitter users must keep their tweets to 140 characters.
LYMY (Love You Miss You) is a sweet message a wife texts to her husband at work. If he texts back BIL (Boss Is Listening) CUL8R (See You Later), it’s best to stop texting. He might lose his job for texting, which is frowned upon by many companies. If he lost his job, he might not have enough money to bring home the FBF (Fat Boy Food), which is a large, gooey pizza. Pizza is KEWL (Cool).
Exactly how many texting acronyms exist simply isn’t known, but the number 2,000 and growing is the consensus of experts. New ones are created everyday by ordinary people, communicating with acronyms what they want to say.
Mom might be shopping, and she will text little Johnny, reminding him to feed the =^.^=. This symbol =^.^= is a textual rendition of a cat. If there’s a <(-'.'-)> (puppy) in the house, it might be hungry, too.
These renditions are called emotes. Emotes are designed to express an emotion. The most famous emote is this : ), the smiley face.
Texting is creeping into the workplace. One company hired two 20-year-old men to teach employees texting. Parents, of course, need to learn text acronyms to keep up with their children.
A teen might text PAW, meaning parents are watching, and add: LD (Later Dude) KPC (Keeping Parents Clueless).
Fun web sites like chacha.com answer questions about text acronyms and provide a place to learn new ones. Another web site at netlingo.com supplies texting definitions.
The web site lingo2word.com offers a translation service that changes messages into text acronyms and translates text messages into plain English.
Which are the most popular text acronyms? The web site netlingo.com lists the 2moro (tomorrow) as the newest and most popular acronym. This is followed by these nine:
2. 2nite (tonight)
3. BRB (Be Right Back)
4. BTW (By The Way)
5. B4N (Bye For Now)
6. BCNU (Be Seeing You)
7. BFF (Best Friends Forever)
8. CYA (Cover Your A** or See Ya)
9. DBEYR (Don’t Believe Everything You Read)
10. DILLIGAS (Do I Look Like I Give A Sh**)
The best way to understand these acronyms is to dive in, and start texting. Learning texting acronyms at web sites is a fun place to start. BCNU : ).
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