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The mindless madness of text messaging

I am certain that I’ve expressed my disdain for text messaging before, but in case I haven’t covered that topic on this blog, now might be as good a time as any.  Where do I begin?  Text messaging is an open affront to the English language and to all the rules of grammar.  It is frankly an insult to human intelligence.  While I am certainly voicing my “strong” opinion here… I can do that–it’s my blog and I’ll bitch if I want to.  🙂 The thing is… I am NOT alone.  There are tons of language enthusiasts who are grossly offended by the current text-messaging take-over.

The following rules reveal all too clearly just why text messaging conveniently ignores these important structural guides:

1. To join two independent clauses, use a comma followed by a conjunction, a semicolon alone, or a semicolon followed by a sentence modifier (yeah, right… it’s doubtful that anyone text messaging is going to be concerned with independent clauses, comma placement, conjunctions, semicolons or sentence modifiers).

2. Use commas to bracket nonrestrictive phrases, which are not essential to the sentence’s meaning (this could easily get misinterpreted in a text message)!

3. Do not use commas to bracket phrases that are essential to a sentence’s meaning (of course, you will have to actually have a sentence for this to work, and the sentence will have to have meaning… doubtful this rule can ever be applied to text messaging).

4. When beginning a sentence with an introductory phrase or an introductory (dependent) clause, include a comma.

5. To indicate possession, end a singular noun with an apostrophe followed by an “s”. Otherwise, the noun’s form seems plural.

6. Use proper punctuation to integrate a quotation into a sentence. If the introductory material is an independent clause, add the quotation after a colon. If the introductory material ends in “thinks,” “saying,” or some other verb indicating expression, use a comma.

7. Make the subject and verb agree with each other, not with a word that comes between them (verbs and nouns are not important when text messaging.  It’s all about the less is more theory.  Symbols are preferred)!

8. Be sure that a pronoun, a participial phrase, or an appositive refers clearly to the proper subject.

9. Use parallel construction to make a strong point and create a smooth flow (Smooth flow? Hahaha… this is nothing short of comedic)!

10. Use the active voice unless you specifically need to use the passive (GUD2NO…LOL).

11. Omit unnecessary words (since there are no actual words used in text messaging, this rule can be omitted completely).

For the heck of it…let’s take a look at text messaging and the symbols… (You won’t find this in your local library)!

Text abbreviations aren’t just for cell phones

Text message abbreviation don’t just have to be used in a text message either, they can easily be implemented into emails between friends or even through the use of chat functions on social networking sites or the use of MSN or Yahoo messengers, texting slang is growing ever more popular across the world through these online methods of communication. Text abbreviations are used more widely now than they ever have been and their popularity continues to grow as is the case with text message symbols!

Of course I do not suggest that you go ahead and use any text abbreviations or text symbols in formal correspondence though, for instance if you work for a company where you have to send out letters and emails to customers they will not appreciate a ‘lol’ or ‘:)’ when you are writing to them! This is mainly because most text message abbreviations are seen as slang and thus there is a time and a place for them and this is not through any means of formal correspondence.

This list of text abbreviations that are on this page can also be a very useful tool for parents that are trying to decipher the content of a child’s email or text message in order to make sure that they are safe and not up to no good (lol, that is the understatement). What may have just looked like a jumble of letters and random texting symbols can all of a sudden become a lot clearer with the use of this website as these text abbreviations and text symbols are often a code for something they want hidden!

So let’s first go through a brief guide as to what the differences between a texting symbols, texting acronyms and texting abbreviations actually are.

Texting Acronyms

An acronym is a word that is formed by the initial letters of a series of other words, for instance arguably the most common texting acronym that you are going to come across is ‘lol’ which is ‘Laugh Out Loud’ and another texting acronym is ‘ROFL’ which is ‘Rolls On Floor Laughing’. These are both used as a response to saying or receiving something of some amusement. Whereby this page is based solely on text abbreviations and text symbols we do have an additional page with a comprehensive list of texting acronyms.

Texting abbreviations

An abbreviation as we all know is how a longer word or phrase is shortened. For instance a texting abbreviation could be shortening the word ‘later’ to ‘l8r’ or ‘mate’ to ‘m8’. There are simply loads of text abbreviations being used everyday and they can make your own text messages not only shorter but also cheaper because a shorter message does not overlap into a second that will charge you twice when you send it. Please see below for a list of texting abbreviations. These are a very common form of texting slang and are used by everyone from teenagers to the elderly, the beauty of text abbreviations are there is not set list you have to stick to as it is easy enough to create your own!

Texting symbols

There are a whole range of texting symbols and these include the commonly used smiley face ‘:)’ or a sad face ‘:(‘ which are used to express a mood or reaction to another text message. Please see below for a list of texting symbols.

List of texting abbreviations

Here is a full text message abbreviation list for you!

A – Abbreviations

  • ABT – About
  • ACK -Acknowledge
  • ADD – Address
  • ADDY – Address
  • ADMIN – Administrator
  • ADR – Address
  • AIGHT – Alright
  • AWESO – Awesome

B – Abbreviations

  • BK – Back
  • B2W – Back to work
  • B8 – Bait
  • B9 – Boss is watching
  • B4 – Before
  • B4N – Bye for now
  • B/C – Because
  • BCOS – Because
  • BDAY – Birthday
  • B-DAY – Birthday
  • BF – Boyfriend
  • BHL8 – Be home late
  • BOYF – Boyfriend
  • BRD – Bored

C – Abbreviations

  • CIAO – Good-bye
  • CMON – Come on
  • CONGRATS – Congratulations
  • COS – Because
  • CR8 -Create
  • CUL8R – See you later
  • CYA – See you
  • CYAL8R – See you later

D – Abbreviations

  • D46? – Down for sex?
  • DNR – Dinner
  • DNT – Don’t
  • DV8 – Deviate

E – Abbreviations

  • E1 – Everyone
  • EMA – E-mail address
  • EMSG – E-mail message
  • ENUF – Enough
  • EVA – Ever
  • EVO – Evolution
  • EZ – Easy
  • EZY – Easy

F – Abbreviations

  • F2F – Face to face
  • FWD – Forward

G – Abbreviations

  • GNIGHT – Good night
  • GNITE – Good night
  • GR8 – Great
  • GRATZ – Congratulations
  • GRL – Girl
  • GUD – Good

H – Abbreviations

  • H8 – Hate
  • H8TTU – Hate to be you
  • H-BDAY – Happy Birthday

I – Abbreviations

  • IDUNNO – I don’t know
  • ILBL8 – I’ll be late

K – Abbreviations

  • K – Okay
  • KK – Okay, Okay
  • KEWL – Cool

L – Abbreviations

  • L8R – Later
  • L8RG8R – Later, gator
  • LEMENO – Let me know
  • LIK – Liquor

M – Abbreviations

  • M8 – Mate
  • MKAY – Mmm, okay
  • MNSG – Mensaje (Spanish)
  • MSG – Message

N – Abbreviations

  • N00b – Newbie
  • N1 – Nice one
  • N2M – Nothing too much
  • NANA – Not now, no need
  • NE – Any
  • NE1 – Anyone
  • NO1 – No one
  • NTHING – Nothing (SMS)
  • NVM – Never mind
  • NVR – Never

O – Abbreviations

  • O4U Only for you
  • OIC Oh, I see
  • ONL Online
  • ORLY Oh really?
  • OVA Over

P – Abbreviations

  • P911 – Parents alert
  • PEEPS – People
  • PIC – Picture
  • PL8 – Plate
  • PLS – Please
  • PLZ – Please
  • PROLLY – Probably
  • PROGGY – computer program
  • PRON – pornography
  • PRT – Party
  • PU – That stinks!
  • PZ – Peace
  • PZA – Pizza

Q – Abbreviations

  • QSO – Conversation
  • QT – Cutie
  • QTPI – Cutie pie

R – Abbreviations

  • R8 – Rate (SMS)
  • RLY – Really
  • RU – Are you?
  • RUT – Are you there?
  • RUOK – Are you okay?
  • RX – Regards
  • RUMOF – Are you male or female?

S – Abbreviations

  • S2R – Send to receive
  • S2S – Sorry to say
  • SH^ – Shut up
  • SIG2R – Sorry, I got to run
  • SK8 – Skate
  • SK8NG – Skating
  • SK8R – Skater
  • SK8RBOI – Skater Boy
  • SPK – Speak
  • SRSLY – Seriously
  • SQ – Square
  • SRY – Sorry
  • STR8 – Straight
  • SUX – sucks or it sucks
  • SUP – What’s up?

T – Abbreviations

  • T+ Think positive
  • T4BU – Thanks for being you
  • T:)T – Think happy thoughts
  • TANK – Meaning really strong
  • TANKED – owned
  • TANKING – owning
  • THX – Thanks
  • THNX – Thanks
  • THNQ – Thank-you
  • TLK2UL8R – Talk to you later
  • TTLY – Totally
  • TU – Thank you

U – Abbreviations

  • ^URS – Up yours
  • U-L – You will
  • UN4TUN8 – Unfortunate
  • UNBLEFBLE – Unbelievable
  • UNCRTN – Uncertain
  • UOK (Are) – You ok?
  • UR – Your / You’re
  • UR – Your
  • URA* – You are a star
  • URH – You are hot (U R Hot)
  • USU – Usually
  • UT2L – You take too long
  • UR2YS4ME – You are too wise for me

V – Texting Abbreviations

  • VRY – Very

W – Text Abbreviations

  • W@ – What?
  • W/ – With
  • W3 – WWW (Web address)
  • W8 – Wait
  • WAN2 – Want to? (SMS)
  • WAN2TLK – Want to talk
  • WBU – What about you?
  • WC – Welcome
  • W/END – Weekend
  • WE – Whatever
  • WK – Week
  • WKD – Weekend
  • WRK – Work
  • WRU@ – Where are you at?
  • WUP – What-s up?
  • WH5 Who, what, when, where, why

X – Abbreviations

  • XLNT – Excellent

Z – Abbreviations

  • Z – Said
  • ZUP – What’s up?

List of texting symbols

  • XD really hard laugh (where D is a smiley mouth)
  • X Kiss
  • XOXOXO Hugs & Kisses
  • Z% Zoo
  • ZZZZ Sleeping (or bored)
  • :<> Amazed
  • :-, Hmmmm…smirking
  • 🙂 smiley
  • 😦 sad face
  • O:) O:-) Angel
  • O-S-< In a hurry
  • :-ll Angry
  • :-* Kiss
  • :-X Big Kiss
  • 😀 Laughing
  • *:-) Clown
  • ❤ Love Heart
  • %-) Confused
  • 😮 Ooooh!!shocked
  • d8:) Cool Guy
  • O-G-< Pointing to self
  • :’-( Crying
  • @>–>– red rose
  • :e Disappointed
  • 😦 Sad
  • 😐 Disgusted
  • :-@ Screaming
  • o-&-< Doing nothing
  • 😎 Sunglasses face
  • :-)….. Drooling face
  • :-O :O 😮 😮 Surprised/shocked
  • :*) Drunk smiling face
  • 😛 Tongue in cheek
  • :-& Tongue tied
  • :-)) Very Happy
  • 3:-) Develish smile
  • 😎 8) B-) B) Smile with glasses
  • 😀 😀 =D Grinning
  • 😡 >:-( Grumpy expression
  • 😥 Crying
  • :v Pacman
  • 🙂 🙂 :] =) Smile

As you can see there really is a huge range of texting abbreviations in this list of ridiculous text message abbreviations and also texting symbols that can be quickly and easily be inserted into any text message or online social communication (oh the joy). Let’s not forget the texting acronyms which are perhaps used more commonly than the text abbreviations and text symbols highlighted on this page. Remember texting slang is mindless, lazy and easy to use.  It’s not advised to take it to work or school with you as it is not seen the same way either professionally of academically!  In other words… You might appear DUMB!

If the above does not help you in your quest to learn how to text message, surely this book will do the trick…of course, it is for DUMMIES…so…

Mindless, brainless… Text messaging…



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When all else fails, JUST WRITE!

Recently, I  had occasion to do some…errr…research on writer’s block. Yeah, research. That’s what I was doing. Like a scientist.

I found lots of great ideas to get unstuck and wrote the best ones on index cards to create an Oblique Strategies-like deck. Swipe, share, and add you own in comments.

  • Talk to a monkey – Explain what you’re really trying to say to a stuffed animal or cardboard cutout.
  • Do something important that’s very easy – Is there a small part of your project you could finish quickly that would move things forward?
  • Try freewriting – Sit down and write anything for an arbitrary period of time—say, 10 minutes to start. Don’t stop, no matter what. Cover the monitor with a manila folder if you have to. Keep writing, even if you know what you’re typing is gibberish, full of misspellings, and grammatically psychopathic. Get your hand moving and your brain will think it’s writing. Which it is. See?
  • Take a walk – Get out of your writing brain for 10 minutes. Think about bunnies. Breathe.
  • Take a shower; change clothes – Give yourself a truly clean start.
  • Write from a persona – Lend your voice to a writing personality who isn’t you. Doesn’t have to be a pirate or anything—just try seeing your topic from someone else’s perspective, style, and interest.
  • Get away from the computer; Write someplace new – If you’ve been staring at the screen and nothing is happening, walk away. Shut down the computer. Take one pen and one notebook, and go somewhere new.
  • Quit beating yourself up – You can’t create when you feel ass-whipped. Stop visualizing catastrophes, and focus on positive outcomes.
  • Stretch – Maybe try vacuuming your office.
  • Open a window – a little fresh air is a natural stimulant.
  • Add one ritual behavior – Get a glass of water exactly every 20 minutes. Do pushups. Eat a Tootsie Roll every paragraph. Add physical structure.
  • Clean off  your desk.  You know the saying…”Clutter on your desk is clutter in your mind.” 🙂
  • Rearrange your pens. I often arrange them by color and size.
  • Listen to new music – Try something instrumental and rhythmic that you’ve never heard before. Put it on repeat, then stop fiddling with iTunes until your draft is done.
  • Write crap – Accept that your first draft will suck, and just go with it. Finish something.
  • Unplug the router – Metafilter and Boing Boing aren’t helping you right now. Turn off the Interweb and close every application you don’t need. Consider creating a new user account on your computer with none of your familiar apps or configurations.
  • Write the middle – Stop whining over a perfect lead, and write the next part or the part after that. Write your favorite part. Write the cover letter or email you’ll send when it’s done.
  • Do one chore – Sweep the floor or take out the recycling. Try something lightly physical to remind you that you know how to do things.
  • Make a pointless rule – You can’t end sentences with words that begin with a vowel. Or you can’t have more than one word over eight letters in any paragraph. Limits create focus and change your perspective.
  • Work on the title – Quickly make up five distinctly different titles. Meditate on them. What bugs you about the one you like least?
  • Write five words – Literally. Put five completley random words on a piece of paper. Write five more words. Try a sentence. Could be about anything. A block ends when you start making words on a page. It’s like music to your ears, really…

On the other hand, remember Laurence Olivier.

One day on the set of Marathon Man, Dustin Hoffman showed up looking like shit. Totally exhausted and practically delirious, Olivier asked what the problem was, Hoffman said that at this point in the movie, his character will have been awake for 24 hours, so he wanted to make sure that he had been too. Laurence Olivier shook his head and said, “Oh, Dusty, why don’t you just try acting?”

So, when all else fails, just try writing.


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Hiking with Santa: A day in the life of a journalist

Yesterday I went on a hike with Santa and his rein-goats –I said “rein-goats,” not reindeer, and it was another interesting moment in the life of this journalist. It played out something like this:

I pitched an idea for a Christmas story to a local newspaper, and the publisher/editor gave me the go-ahead. While investigating (this is something any good freelance journalist does) Christmas traditions in the city where I live, I was put in contact with (one contact almost always leads to another… funny how that works) the towns very own Santa Claus, who has been on duty for over 20 years. Let me reassure you… apart from this Santa’s “real” beard and belly, there was nothing traditional about this guy. He’s very clearly a different kind of Santa!

When I called him on the phone, he was loud, jovial and very willing for me to interview him, but he had one stipulation. I had to show up on the morning of his big debut, which was held at this lovely historical museum and ranch, for an 8-am hike around the lake with him and his rein-goats. I agreed, and showed up with my camera and hand recorder ready to take on the morning with Santa. It was a lovely morning. The goats seemed happy, Santa led the flock and I had to follow behind. However, you really don’t want to stand or walk too closely behind a herd of goats. They poop FREQUENTLY, and it was very challenging trying to dodge their green pellets while trying to conduct an interview.

Everything was going along smoothly until my hand recorder stopped working. Suddenly I found myself trying to take notes while hiking, which was ridiculously difficult, especially with a herd of goats directly in front of me. I kept tripping on their hoofs, and then finally Santa said, “Uh, are you okay back there? What’s happening?” I said, “Well, my recorder battery died, and I am trying to keep up with you, while dodging goat poop and take notes on everything your sharing at once.” He answered back, “Uh huh… and how’s that coming?” I said, “Well, it’s not. Can we do this after we finish the walk?” He said, “Tell you what…”Why don’t you come with me while I suit up and get made up for my big appearance, and you can interview me while I get ready?”

Sounded like a good idea to me… so, game plan #2 came into being. He had exactly an hour and a half to shower, color his greying beard, eyebrows and hair white, put stage make up on his face, rosy up his cheeks and get dressed. What I wasn’t prepared for was Santa to come out of the shower in his boxers. That’s right. Santa came out of the bathroom at his friends house in his underware, and said, “There’s no way I am putting that hot Santa’s suit on before I have to, and so hope you’re not offended by seeing a fat man in his undies darlin’, but you’re gonna have to deal with it, cause I ain’t putting clothes on while I get made up!”

So there I was, in the middle of Santa’s inner sanctum watching him paint his beard and hair snow white, put his face make-up on and suit up. By the time he got his heavy red velvet suit on, he was dripping with sweat from head to toe, and affirmed his absolute hatred of the beard and the costume. He then told me that the beard comes off on December 26th and he is counting the days, but in late February or March, he begins growing another one again.

We left his friends house, and went over to the museum, where he began a 2-day run of his Santa act.

I asked him what he did when he’s not playing Santa and he said, “Oh, you mean when I’m not making toys back in the North Pole? I drink beer, belch, back-pack with my packing goats, build cannons (only for the novelty of it), work as a high-tech plumber (not the toilet fixers), and volunteer for various organizations in the community. Occasionally I boggie board, and have considered taking up surfing. I don’t take people’s B.S., and you don’t really want to know what I think of Christmas…”

Hiking… (Before picture)

The bambino stopping for a little early morning snack

Surf’s up Santa…

The After Picture


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Lemons and tequila: With or without salt

Well, so far this has been an eventful day.

Last month I had a woman contact me from _______ who is starting a luxury magazine for the elite. She wanted to have me write articles for her, yada ya. When the conversation moved to payment, she informed me that this is a non-paying writing gig, because (“don’t you know”) it is an honor to be in this magazine, and the exposure alone is like me having free advertising.  EXCUSE ME?

So we continued to talk, and of course I shared that I am not accustomed to writing for free.  She groveled a bit, but still asked to see some writing samples. Rather hesitantly, I sent the samples the moment we hung up.  I NEVER heard back from her until yesterday, when she called wanting to know why she never heard back from me (how odd) and she said, “Well, did you want to be in the magazine or not, because we have to get that article in so it can go to press.” HUH?

Yes, writer’s work for free… NOT.

Not hours later, I got another email from a potential client who contacted me about 3 weeks ago to write a press release for him.  He went so far to send me all the pertinent information, etc., and then stipulated that this would not be needed until some time in August.  Okay, this is not rocket science… I can do this.

The saga continued…

In his email he relayed that he now needs it by the end of the month, and wondered if it is near completion.  EXCUSE ME?  When did we ever decide on this?  When did we ever talk $$$? I had no clue I was on the project.  So, I wrote him back saying, “Normally I require a 50% deposit and the remainder to be paid when the project is completed.”  His response was staggering.  “I’m on a really tight budget… can we do it for 100 bucks and you get paid when it’s finished? Oh, and thanks.  I appreciate the rush.”  WOW!

So, the moral of the story is: When life hands you lemons, grab some tequila and salt and call it a day.


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Somewhere between creativity and reality

It’s 12:22 am… and I really should be hitting the hay, but I thought I would write a little here, since I have been rather negligent lately.  I am not even sure how many are really reading this blog, but it feels good just knowing that the possibilities are endless!  Lol

I have been working on my screenplays for the last several days.  Yes, I said, “Screenplays.”  You  really don’t want to know how many I have going,  but currently, I am trying to finish two scripts, and somewhat working on a third, which will undoubtedly be next in line after the other two are completed.

I am living somewhere between creativity and reality.  Do any of you know what that feels like?  You don’t feel grounded… not at all… in fact, during this journey, sleep often is difficult to find.  Oddly, by nature, I am really not a night owl.  I function much better in the morning, but it seems my  creative juices really begin to flow after midnight.  What a dichotomy—I am more attentive during the day, and more creative at night.  Go figure.  It really doesn’t make any sense to me.  If ever I get on the same page, I may just write myself to high heaven!

One of my absolute favorite books that I confess to reading a number of times is, “Aristotle’s Poetics.”  It is a rich reservoir of secrets for every writer… and most importantly for those who write fiction.  In college, “Poetics'” were considered the bible for storytellers, and with good reason.

I was re-examining the plot or story-idea in one of my current screenplay’s today.  Holding it against Aristotle’s theories, and taking a close look at the story-line.  Aristotle actually criticizes the Greek tragedy, Iphigenia in Tauris suggesting that it’s author (Euripedes) made a mistake in pushing his own agenda, rather than utilizing a strong plot and creating a tight structure.  According to screenwriter, Michael Tierno, “Good writers serve their stories; bad writers serve their own agendas.”  I love the wisdom in that sentence alone, because it really is so true.  Tierno suggests that it is highly important to, “Say what the story demands!”

So, I have been reviewing my scripts and looking intently to see if I am saying what the story demands, and NOT pushing my own agenda!  In those wildly creative moments, it can become very tempting just to roll with the moment, and push your own agenda.  Most writer’s know (or certainly should grasp) that the most important aspect of writing is the knack for establishing a plot, and believe it or not, this can be built around a single action.

Speaking of single action’s, I do believe I will make my way to  the land of nod.  Suddenly, I feel like I am in a fog.

…to be continued…

Good night.

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