Tek-Bull

Has Technology Effectively Changed the English Language?

LOL UR Kidding Right? Not at all, I’ll explain it l8r. Since the introduction of the cellphone and computers, we’ve been finding better and faster ways to communicate with people. So much in fact that when Texting was introduced to the cellphone community, we basically created a new language.

Have you ever received a text message from one of your friends that looked like it was written on a Russian language in Chinese characters?¬† well… It is estimated that over 88% of people text the word “lol” at the end of their sentences in exchange of a period. At first, I didn’t want to believe it, but after checking my previous text message it read… “Yea, lol” hey at least I took the time to add the Comma after the Yea so that’s not that bad right?

The severity of how bad the messages¬† have changed our language go well beyond the casual LOL. I know a lot of people who can hold a conversation with their loved ones using only 6 digit combinations of letters and numbers. For the most part, we all have good texting etiquette and our abbreviations don’t go past the casual lol or the ttyl.

But for those other people who send you novels of numbers and letters that swoosh over your head Webopedia has a huge list of text message abbreviations to help you out, here are some of the best.

?4U – I have a question for you

10Q – Thank you

55555 – Meaning Laughing (In Thai language the number 5 is pronounced ‘ha’.)

DYNWUTB – Do you know what you are talking about?

G2GICYAL8ER – Got to go I’ll see you later

MTFBWU – May the force be with you

ROFLCOPTER – Rolling on floor laughing and spinning around

SIMYC – Sorry I missed your call

UDI – Unidentified drinking injury (meaning bruise, scratch, ache and so on)

The list goes on and on, there are over 2, 000 different abbreviations, for sentences or words. I’m sure you have heard or used most of them, but it’s still a good place to go and check them out. It’s only a matter of time before someone decides to write a book using only cellphone abbreviations.