Texting language

Is this double dutch to you? Welcome to texting language, the 21st century English.

SMS language or textese (also known as txt-speak, txtese, chatspeak, txt, txtspk, txtk, txto, texting language, txt lingo, SMSish, txtslang, txt talk, text shorthand) or “texting language” is a term for the abbreviations and slang commonly used with mobile phone text messaging, but sometimes used with other Internet-based communication such as email and instant messaging.

Three features of early mobile phone messaging encouraged users to use abbreviations: (a) Text entry was difficult, requiring multiple key presses on a small keypad to generate each letter; (b) Messages were limited to 160 characters; and (c) it made texting faster.

Once it became popular it took on a life of its own and was often used outside of its original context. Although various research supports the use of SMS language, the popular notion that text messaging is damaging to the linguistic development of young people persists and many view it as a corruption of the standard form of language.

Humphrys describes emoticons and textese as “irritating” and essentially lazy behavior, and surmises that “sloppy” habits gained while using textese will result in students’ growing ignorance of proper grammar and punctuation. (Source: Wikipedia)

Whatever your feelings are, texting language is a reality and we have to cope with it. On the link below, you will see 50 popular text terms:


r u ready 2 try this exercise? Click on the comments to find the solutions.


One response to “Texting language

  1. Solutions:
    (First picture): “I had a great time. Thanks for your present. See you tomorrow 🙂 ”
    (Second picture): 1d, 2a, 3h, 4j, 5g, 6i, 7k, 8c, 9b, 10f, 11e

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