Text Speak Part 2October 1, 2011
Hello out there in blog word. Happy October to all of you. As promised in my previous blog, I am going to give you what I feel is the most accurate and concise list of “text speak” available on the web today. In my latest blog post titled ,”Text Speak Part 1″, I used netlingo.com for reference, however for the all inclusive list I prefer “Talktalk” out of the United Kingdom. As someone that lived there (the UK) for three years, I will be the first to admit that there are circumstances when you can get yourself into trouble crossing common American slang with English (British) slang. However, I have looked through this list and there are very few acronyms that are not commonalities in the US.
Let me know your thoughts. I looked through dozens of sights and I feel that this one is a more realistic list of what we may you use in our common conversations. I also cross referenced these lists and this one seemed to have the most common repeats on other lists. I feel that this is important in case your recipient isn’t familiar with an acronym that you use, you want them to be able to go online and easily figure out what you are saying. On the flip side to that, you also want the most common phrases so that you can translate your text at a glace.
Although I feel that this is much like learning a new language, it will become much easier the more often that you use it. I tried it out on an aqaintance of mine this week that often sends texts in shorthand/text speak. She said that I actually over used the acronyns and that you need to have some “normal, common langauge” mixed in with the text speak as most people do not memorize the list of the many acronyms but instead it is more like looking for context clues. For example, “ABT2 go 2 the store. BRB. DGA.” She says that even though she can glance at “about” and “be right back” she would might have to think a second before figuring out “don’t go anywhere” which is why she says reading things in context is important when using text speak.
Try it out this week and let me know how it goes. This is common speak for many in high school but I am interested in seeing where the age line is. Is it possible that in the next 5-10 years that this will be common language in informal business memos?