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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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