I want to say a big thank you to Julie for replying to my recent post ‘What Did You Say?’. Her reply was in text speak and looked like this –
MHOTY- Gr8 post.WFM. BCNU BFN.
Even with the help of the internet it took me a while to interpret. What she said was ……. no, on second thoughts, work it out for yourself! I wondered what it would be like if this post, or at least part of it, was written in this new foreign language. Well foreign to me, but quite normal to many others, especially teenagers.
I thort Id try ritN dis blog n txt spk. B4u gt 2 xcited n tnk dat ive learnt a nu lang I cheated n uzd an en 2 lingo transl8R. itz amazn wotU cn fnd on d www!
Apparently there has been a study recently that indicates that many teenagers are embarrassed by their parents use of text speak. It seems that the most common text speak used by parents are LOL and BTW. The teenagers are fighting back by creating new terms or using more obscure references.
Another study suggests that text speak develops language skills in our children. According to this study ‘textism’ (I didn’t even know there was such a word!) is a valuable form of contact with written English for many children which enables them to practice reading and spelling on a daily basis. Put more simply – ‘accrdng 2 dis stdy textism isa valuable 4m of cntct W ritN en 4mne kids wich enables em 2 prctic readN n sp on a daily basis.” At this point I have to confess that I am losing the will to live!
Then, when I thought that things couldn’t get any sillier I red about ‘Blackberry Thumb’ – this is a form of repetitive strain injury you can get from excessive use of the thumb while pressing keys on mobile devices. The recovery process for ‘Blackberry Thumb’ can be lengthy and in some extreme cases surgery may be needed. This consists of a tendon transfer whereby one of the bones at the base of the thumb is removed and a coiled tendon is put in its place as a cushion.
At this point can I just say – IOH 2 GAB BFN