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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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Helpful hints if you’re self-sabotaging your writing career

Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career

By Writers Relief Staff On March 1, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Self-sabotaging writerMany professional writers credit their success to both hard work and to being in the right place at the right time (note: Writer’s Relief can help with the latter!). But sometimes, being in the right place and working hard simply aren’t enough. Unless you’re truly open to success, you’ll have stacked the deck against yourself even before the cards are dealt! Here are five signs that you might be self-sabotaging your own writing career.

Sign #1. Writing doesn’t make you happy anymore. Maybe, at some point, you truly loved your work. But lately, your stories feel flat. You find yourself twitching and getting distracted when you’re supposed to be working, and when you finish a piece, you don’t get that lovely glowing feeling that follows a big accomplishment.

SOLUTION: Get back to basics. Stop and assess where your listlessness is coming from. What used to make you happy about writing that isn’t making you happy now? Make a list of what you love about writing, and read it before you sit down to work. Then, focus on what you love, and let the rest go.

Sign #2. You don’t feel your writing is strong. Perhaps you have many publication credits, perhaps you have none. Either way, you’re feeling down about your writing—and that feeling is leaking into the actual words you write.

SOLUTION. Time to reevaluate how you look at your work. Take drastic measures to do whatever it takes to begin to love your own stories and poems. Ask friends and family to tell you what they like about your work. Make a list of what you like about it. When you love your writing and are confident in your own talent, your chance at success improves!

Sign #3. You sit down to write, but there’s no inspiration to be found. You want to write but your fingers remain quiet on the keyboard. How will you become a well-regarded writer if you’re not writing? You’re caught in a downward spiral.

SOLUTION: Time to reinvigorate your muse—but there’s absolutely no reason to do it alone. Find a local poetry reading series—even if you don’t write poetry, you’ll be inspired. Join a writing group or a book club. Just being around words that inspire you—or even words that fail you and make you long for something better—will revive your muse. Also, consider going to an art museum or a concert, or take a class on glassblowing. Sometimes changing the direction of your creativity, if only for a moment, will reinvigorate your passion for words.

Sign #4. A great opportunity comes your way—maybe a literary agent is interested in a book project, or an editor wants to publish one of your poems, but she or he requests a few revisions. You worry. You worry so much that you end up sending multiple emails to the agent or editor in a single day. You call and pester. When you finally do get in touch with the agent or editor, you’re cranky and suspicious—you question everything. You feel you’re not getting enough attention. You think you’re being mistreated. You wonder why literary agents and editors aren’t taking you seriously and why good opportunities dry up.

SOLUTION: Your nerves may be blocking your path to success. Time to relax—but also to be aware of your own proclivity to botch situations that could help your career. When in doubt, treat people as you want to be treated—with trust, patience, and kindness.

Sign #5: You’ve finished your book, short story, poem, or essay, and after a period of procrastination, you send your work to a handful of literary agents or editors. Rejection letters ensue. You think: Well, I’ll send it out to a few more people, but then you don’t actually do it—or you do very little. Your work, which you suspect is quite good despite your handful of rejections, languishes and remains unpublished.

SOLUTION. Rather than relying on vague goals (I will send out my work), it’s time to make concrete, specific goals and stick to them (I will send my book to X number of agents per week/month). Tell others who will hold you accountable to check in with you and encourage you to stay on track (and remember to be nice to them even when it feels like they’re nagging you). Then, even if the prospects look glum, you won’t lose momentum.

Writer’s Relief can help you if you’re having a motivation problem. We keep our clients writing and submitting. Our system works and gets results!

BOTTOM LINE: This list of five signs of sabotage are symptoms of deeper issues. If you’re self-sabotaging your writing career, it’s time to do some deep introspection. Although you’re going after success, is there something that’s keeping you from getting it? Journal, listen to your own voice, and learn what may be blocking you.

QUESTION: Did you ever catch yourself in the act of self-sabotage? What steps did you take to curtail the problem? Share your story for the benefit of other writers!

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Guarding Your Time: Just say “no!”

It’s so easy to get caught up in “whatever,” especially for those of us writer’s who are self-employed and set our own hours. Protecting your time, and staying on a productive path means that you actively embrace the art of saying “no.”  That’s right.  Here’s an example:

You wake up ready to take on the day!  You take a brisk walk around the block, come home, throw on a pot of coffee, shower, dress, grab some coffee and a light breakfast when “suddenly” the phone rings.  It’s your best friend and she/he is off work for the day and wants to go to lunch and maybe catch a movie.  After-all, matinee’s are cheaper.  You toil for a minute, and feel heat begin to rise up in your inside, while forming a slight sweat at the top of your brow.  Now, I promise you… you’re not feeling this sweaty, warm sensation because you are having a hot flash, or the temperature has suddenly elevated 10 degrees.  Au contraire… this is about the fact that you “KNOW’ you have work to do, and just entertaining the idea of doing lunch and taking in a movie causes you to break a sweat.  However… You justify the idea with thoughts like, “I never get to have a fun day.”  “I could use a break.”  “I haven’t hung out with this friend in forever.  It really is rude.”  “I’ll just go to lunch and forgo the movie (yeah right).”  “I don’t want to hurt her or his feelings.”  The list of justifications are endless, but they are rarely justifiable.  In truth, you should just say, “no,” and take charge of your time, however…

You DON’T!

Time management is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools, and systems working together to help you get more value out of your time with the aim of improving the quality of your life.
Time management is not just something that should be watched in business, but it is a useful skill for every aspect of life. From the moment you wake up in the morning, to the time you go to sleep at night, the outcome and productivity of your day is going to depend largely on your ability to manage your time effectively.

Part of the ability to manage time involves prioritizing the events of your day. Learning how to determine what to do first and do second, or not do at all. If you learn the skills of time management, you’ll accomplish more during the day, but you will feel a great sense of satisfaction about the control you have of your life. It will seem like you actually have more time to spare. If you don’t learn how to manage your time, productivity will be difficult, and people will drain you, because chances are you won’t be able to say “no.”
Avoiding procrastination is also very important in managing time for the simple reason that procrastination puts off what should be done now, and in the end when you wait to get something done that could be completed now, it makes it difficult to do the next thing because you’re always playing catch-up.
No one will ever guard your time for you. You alone can take charge of your life and calculate your day.

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