Monday, October 01, 2007

Neologisms: textese

Cell-phone-text-sending acronym- and abbreviation-based argot. (I'm not the first person to think of the word but Google shows it's still fairly rare on the Web. For an example of textese, here is the first sentence from an article in Engineering News: "My dRtr k8lin ofN sens me sms msgs wi she rites lik ths. It dsnt tke 2 long 4 me to unstnd thM but its strng at 1st.” ["My daughter Kaitlin often sends me SMS messages wherein she writes like this. It doesn't take too long for me to understand them but it's strange at first."])


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