Heather R. Breaux BLOG
Decode this! My thumbs just can’t keep up with the others in the fast-growing trend of texting. And I certainly can’t wrap my mind around the new abbreviated language that cell phones and instant messages have generated. Can you?
And with with nearly 80 percent of U.S. citizens owning a cell phone, there's no mistaking that this breakthrough communication medium will continue to grow year after year.
So, just where does that leave me? Do I remain in the shadows of the text-messaging masses or do I step up to the plate and perfect my not-so-perfect messenging skills?
As a writer, the notion of chopping words and sentences into miniscule letter-and-number morsels simply peeves me, but I guess there's talent to be found in the art of combining phonetic word bases with numerals to get your point across quicker and more efficiently.
So, I suppose this decision is an easy one - if you can't be 'em, join 'em. And if I'm going to do that, I may as well get it right.
After a quick review of an online text message dictionary - and yes, these do exist - I quizzed myself by formulating a mock message to my sister about our Easter eve festivities. It went something like this:
It wuz g8t 2 c u last nite. I reel e think ur pup is a QT. The BBQ wuz gr8 & I wuzn't l8. We need 2 shop 2moro 4 a bday gift 4 my BFF B4U go on ur trip b/c I need ur help. Idk what 2 buy. We'll need 2 stop @ the mall. BTW, I def want 2 c u 2nite. Call me when u r home. GGN. Ttyl.
Whew, believe it or not, that was tough. My infantile sentences are reminiscent of the work I did in my college French courses.
I'm not a tech-savy person, but I'm a quick learner and I know that with a little practice I'll catch on to all the text lingo. Before you know it I'll probably have created a few acronyms of my own.
Until next time, keep in touch!
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