We are familiar with the English language as the language of Shakespeare and Maugham: rigorous and analytical, where all the rules there. English is spoken more than a billion people. It serves as a link of international relations, trade, cooperation and business. But how many are aware of its derivatives? In the distant nineties when the Internet is already knocking at the door, and mobile phones are gradually becoming more accessible, sprang Lingo or Textese. It is the language of SMS messages, internet slang, which now threatens the grammar and spelling of modern English. He chooses the most vulnerable (most vulnerable) — the younger generation (youngsters). Teens sent to peers (peers) from their smartphones, tablet coded messages as follows:
Plz dt 4gt 2 tl hr abt d trp 2moro, gdnt. — Please do not forget to tell her about the trip tomorrow, good night. — Please do not forget to tell her about the trip tomorrow, good night.
How it all began?
The first models of mobile phones support the sending of messages with a very small number of characters you can print only 160 characters (characters). Naturally, to enter an entire word it was uncomfortable and long SMS pricey. We had a long time to press a button on a small keyboard. So we come up with today’s popular cuts. Now language initialization has several thousand abbreviations, for example: 2B r nt 2B. Guess? It’s Hamlet in modern processing.
GGG or God, God, God!
YYFU? — Too wise for you? «Too namudrili!» — Ckazhete you? In America, even there is an organization that deals with acronyms AAAAA — American Association Against Acronym Abuse (American Association for the fight against the excessive use of abbreviations).
Note Transl8it.com. Service will help in deciphering Lingo, as well as give the translation in both directions, if you want to show off an unusual abbreviation. How would this may sound sad, but correspondence should be fast. Hurry — this is the plague of our times (plague of today).
So I could look modern dialogue of Romeo and Juliet:
Rom: RUF2T? [Are you free to talk?] — Can you say that?
Jul: OK [Make your move!] — Yes [Show yourself, Romeo!]
Rom: Bf? [Do you have a boyfriend?] — Do you have a boyfriend?
Jul: No [Liar] — No [Blatant lie]
Rom: CUA3 [I’ll see you, any time, any place, anywhere] — let’s see? At any time, in any place?
Jul:club? [At the club?] — At the club?
Rom: OK [Thinks. I’m on] — Yes [I think I’m on the horse]
As you probably noticed, the main trend is to ensure to write the word exactly as it is pronounced. But we know that, unfortunately, the usual English is not so simple.
Let’s look at a short list of the most popular cuts in SMS:
- PAW — Parents are watching. No need to specify at what age group extended this reduction?
- BCNUL8R — Be seeing you later — See you.
- Less than three — Love. Where does it come from? But this sign <3 you met somewhere? By incorporating imagination, one can guess that smile like a heart. There was even an expression: «I less than three you». Oh, these young romantics!
- NOOB — New person. The word, which is quite remarkable manner migrated with you to our great and mighty — noob. It derived from the English newbie, which means «beginner», «amateur».
- GF — Girlfriend. No comment.
- BRB — Be right back — come back soon.
- POS — Parent over shoulders. It uses the same teenagers that paragraph №1.
- LOL — Laugh out loud — very funny, can be torn stomach. And his brother ROFL — rolling on the floor laughing — Rolling on the floor laughing.
How much our world has changed in a couple of decades! I propose to trace the changes associated with the emergence of phones and SMS, and to become better acquainted with the language abbreviations in the following video:
|Public domain||Public domain|
|Lock, stock and barrel||Lock, stock and barrel|
|Record card||Card account|
|Historical item||Objects of historical value|
|Miles too loud||You can hear for miles around|
|To fit||Rear. repair|
|To poke||Gouge out|
|To tend||Have a penchant for something|
|To take off||Appear|
|To come into being||Become|
|Gaily||lively, energetic, fun|
As well as all lovers of expression LOL and OMG are welcome ASAP video lesson for Ronnie, who will tell about all the most widely used SMS frazochki!
Txtng: the Gr8 Db8. Texting: the great debate
Is it always cuts mean a poor vocabulary or ignorance? Not at all. In the book, the linguist David Crystal are examples of experiments and studies that challenge the popular view that the abbreviations and slang in the language of correspondence are harmful and make the younger generation illiterate. Here are some interesting facts:
- Generally in the correspondence is reduced only 10% of the words.
- Initialization — this is not a separate language, they are an integral part for many decades.
- Children and adults enjoy reductions in the sms, the latest, although less frequently.
- Students do not use abbreviations in homework.
- Sending messages promotes literacy, as it gives people the opportunity to communicate via writing and reading.
After the text-speak became popular, it was used outside the original context. Everyone decides, is to use abbreviations or not, but in the meantime we are giving you the opportunity to practice your text-speak by the test. Enjoy!