sms 'language', are you good at it?

SMS ' Language' - It seems there is a universal new language throughout the world.
It is called 'SMS Language'
Are you good at it.
SMS = short message service
@Iriene88 (5352)
Malaysia
August 18, 2009 9:35am CST
Dear myLotters, It seems there is a new universal language emerge throughout the world, it is called 'SMS Language'. When I first learn about texting sms, I type in full proper sentences. It really take a long time for me. When I received message, I sometimes take awhile to decipher the sms 'code'~ all the short form that I really confused... Recently I received from my friend, she wrote this word at the end of her messages: GBU,Huh, what is that, so I asked my son and he answered me "'Mummy, it is God Bless You" I wonder will this affect the new generation's English grammar and spelling! Do share you views with us and send some sms words/ language so that we can learn together...for the fun of it:)
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19 responses
@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
18 Aug 09
OH NO!!! I don't think I want to let my child expose too much of this kind of languages.. I simply hate it actually.. when I receive SMS like this, I will surely ask the sender what it meant, and once the reply come in, my next SMS will sound like this.. "oh.. that's the meaning ah, why you have finger problem that can't type in full is it" Frankly, I am furious when I have to guess what the short form means.. and it's frustrating enough to even read such a small screen, and yet with those unknown words.. I think the few abbreviations that I use in SMS is BTW, ard, and maybe a few more which are common.. even I and You are both in full..
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
18 Aug 09
My dear cwong77, I thought you are the 'Queen' of sms, having 3 cell phones, surprisingly you do not like those sms with those new-evolved abbreviations. Btw, I am curious now, what is ard stand for? Could you enlighten me on this 'ard'. Thanks & really appreciate it! I think I can come out with 'SMS Dictionary' after reading all the responses here All the best and do keep in touch!
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• Indonesia
19 Aug 09
@cwong : Yes, what's ard stands for? I never heard it... @Iriene : SMS dictionary is a good idea! Send me one free sample
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• Malaysia
19 Aug 09
cwong, wat does ard stan 4?Iriene, we can work 2gether by consultng our consultants, our kids 2 compel a dictionry 4 sms? Sell 2 older folks. Good idea? He,he,he.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Hi Iriene lol. Yes, it is a lot like the abbreviated computer language we often use. It can save on money by shortening text messages for those who don't have a one-price-covers-all plan. GBU!! And have a nice day. Karen
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear Karen, It is true, they need to put all the contents into one page to save the cost. I admire their creativity on the short 'sms' words that they can come up with like b4 = before, LOLROTF. Yes, agree with you, it is quite similar to the abbreviated language we often use here, Tq and GBU 2...
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Perhaps they need to start including and sms dictionarly within the phone maunals?? LOL Have a beautiful day.
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Eek!! My spelling...should have read including an SMS dictionary lol
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• India
18 Aug 09
Hi Irene, I have even seen people here who just type the codes. But it won't bother me a lot. Also I don't think it would affect the younger generation grammer. But I think it depends according to the profession they set. If they are into writing it will surely affect them. But due to the less time and our busy life the "the sms language" has been made like that. Well ~ there may be still a decrease in this if the busy life of ours goes like this in the coming days..
• Malaysia
19 Aug 09
If these kids carry on short forms sms,it will become a habit. It may bring this habit to the examination hall. How are they going to pass their English paper? Only God knows.
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• India
19 Aug 09
Ha ha..Thats really a good question..... May be it will become tough as mathematics or science...
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear phillip, The sms language emerged due to 'time constraint' and it allows the sender to write more at less cost. It has to be as short as possible to avoid sending as a 2nd message which will incur addtional cost. Most young generations are students, so they are living on budget. But it really challenge their creativity in coming out such a wonderful short words like LOLROTF, ILY etc. All the best & happy myLotting!
18 Aug 09
I do not mind people using SMS in text messages at all as you only have a certain amount of characters that you can use. Obviously there are some people who go too far and shorten every word- there is no need for that at all in my opinion. However, I have noticed that the SMS language is beginning to slip into everyday life as well. I work in an office and I have to now personally proofread the majority of the letters that leave the office as some of the younger employees tend to slip in SMS words by accident!
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear madmillionaire, Your company is blessed to have you putting the initiative to proofread all the outgoing letters, to scan through any sms vocab...great job So, what are the common sms short form words that you discovered in midst of the letters..care to share some here? Thanks! I sometimes also accidentally use sms short words on my outgoing e-mails or fax...-sigh- Thanks for sharing....wish you are making more millions!
20 Aug 09
The most common ones are people putting u instead of you or ur instead of your. I work for the local council and it does not give a good impression if you send out letters that have SMS language in it.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 09
Dear madmillionaire, Thanks for your prompt reply. Really appreciate it Yes, you remind me of this common mistakes that I did too. I tend to write 'u' as you and 'ur' as your. It is good that you scan through for this common errors of using sms short words on the outgoing letters. It did reflect the company that you are working. Good job, my friend I do hope your employer will appreciate your initiative and give you a good increment :) Thanks and take care, hope to hear your views on my latest topics!
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
I don't like SMS language. Sometimes I could hardly figure out when I read my friends' SMS messages. When I send SMS' myself, I always write the whole words and phrases for my recepient to understand it.
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@vingyan06 (2489)
• Malaysia
18 Aug 09
i am lucky to have none of the lazy friends, LOL. So far, I still can understand all the texting that I receive. But I still remember that was a funny time happen long time ago. I sent a sms to my friends. She replied me as usual but adding a NP short form at the end of the message. I was wondering what is NP at that time but I still could not figure out. End up I replied her sms and asked her directly. LOL. So do you know what is NP stand for? NP= no problem!
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear tristansite, I am just like you. I will type proper sentences with correct grammar. If the message can't fit in one page, then only I will shorten it in such a way it can still be understood. Or sometimes I will rephrase it, that way I felt better, as my main intention is to make sure the message is fully understood by the recipient! That's why it take a longer time for us to type! Thanks for sharing, hope to hear your views in my other topics too!
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear vingyan, NP to me will be Normal Price...lol Thank God you and my son told me that NP = No Problem. Take k = Take Care edi = already I have a friend, she is in her late forties, she got problem to text and read sms because of poor eyesight. You know what she did, she bought a cell phone with bigger screen and she only text using CAPITAL LETTER. Cheers and happy myLotting :)
@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
18 Aug 09
Hi Iriene, I hate when my friends send a message with a code. I take time to think about the words and have to reread again to understand the sentences. I am just like you. Always try to type a full words or sentences. I only use the commonly used code and everybody know it. GBU is the new short form to me. Thanks for that information. Previously I need days to know the meaning of OMG. I am not well aware all this English short form and it really make me nervous. Happy mylotting and have a nice evening.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear akuler, I like ur (your) avatar very much! It is unique and striking. Good selection, keep it up! I was reading my son's friends blogs, so many of them writes this OMG...then OMG again and againg. I begins to get curious, what's is this? I was wondering , is it some 'secret code' used by children nowadays ..I read the sentences again..ayy Oh My God! Then when I confirmed with my son : Mu,,u don't don't know ah?? I blush......older generation really need to catch up with this fast moving IT world! Tks for sharing, can I borrow your avatar for my collection at my blogs?? All the best and do keep in touch~
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Sure can. I didn't register a copyright for this avatar yet. It is hard to follow the youngster things especially if we didn't use it. They keep updating it and it can be an old thing in a few months. Happy mylotting and Malaysia Boleh
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear akuler, Many thanks for allowing me to use your avatar for my blog collection. Your are a veny nice person...all the best..take care
@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
19 Aug 09
Hi Iri! I belong to conventional class and honestly speaking I do not appreciate the short cut language or abbreviations used in text messages. I always try to use the appropriate languauge while sending text messages, even if it exceeds the prescribed limit of 160 words, in that case, it goes in two parts.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear dpk, It is good that you practice the proper text messaging with proper English grammar and spelling. This can ensure an effective communication which should be the utmost priority. Great job, keep it up Even though it may take up to second page which will be considered as 2 messages / 2 parts and cost more, but at least it avoid any miscommunication which later may cost even more. But I think those young generations, they are expert at this...chances of miscommunication will be very minimal. Thanks for sharing and take care :)
@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
21 Aug 09
Hi dear! Let the younger generation enjoy their own set of grammar and short cut language. I would like to stick to proper use of English and it gives me a kind of satisfaction.
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@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
26 Aug 09
OMG........GBU is stand for God Bless You. I just get to know about this short form too. New words for me. I used to type long sms too when I have my first handphone.As time flies, I am getting more practice and learn more new short cuts on SMS Language. So nowadays I can use some short forms while SMS-ing my friends and it save more space and my energy too. SmS-ing is one of my favourite activity.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
28 Aug 09
Dear Shia, How's your Birthday celebration? Since you love to sms-ing, I would like to know, can you sms with one hand and drive at the same time? I believe the speed you text sms will be very fast! Can you just do it using just one hand. My Sarawakian friend can do it using just her left hand while right hand holding on the stirring wheel while driving. She can sms during watching movie in the cinema, chatting with friends during gathering, crossing the road and while walking. Seeing her text sms so easily, her sister who are living in Australia are following her foot steps, texting sms while walking, since she is not that good, she knocked on a tree! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading it, all the best!
• Malaysia
24 Aug 09
I prefer to call than sms, but at times, I do sms on details of appointment pertaining to time, venue etc. so that the recipient can refer to it. Written text is less confusing and this avoid the error in verbal communication. I normally type in proper English grammar and sentences to avoid miscommunication. I am really not familiar with the short sms eg. lol - laugh out loud. My children are good at it ...not me! haha!:)
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
24 Aug 09
Hi, Great job, your method of texting is just like mine. My priority is also to ensure that the recipient of my sms understand the contents of it. No point using too many abbreviation and end up confusing people and the consequences will be worse... I normally will type in full, then try to shorten it in a way still can be understood. Kids know more about short forms (sms) language than adults. I don't know what does OMG stand for?..until now! OMG - Oh, My God GBU - God Bless You LOL - laugh out loud BRB - be right back CNT - can't DNT - don't CN - can BK - back All the best and do keep in touch:)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
SMS languange is very popular in our country. I think everybody uses it.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 09
Dear keatondrunk, Yes, it seems whoever has a cellphone will somehow or rather will be exposed to sms messages. For new comers, they have to figure out all the sms simplified words and sentences. Some words is easily understood , some may leaves us puzzle and wonder! Thanks for sharing, hope to hear your views on my other topics too!
• Singapore
19 Aug 09
i am not used to the new universal SMS language its too complicated for me to understand. i rather use proper language
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear christmas_, It is alright that you are not 'affected' by this short abbreviated 'sms' language yet. It is good for sending text messages but the heavy usage of it in our daily communication has making many worries of the bad influence it might have on the proper English words, spelling, grammar and sentences expecially towards the young generations. From some myLotters feedback here at this topic, they found some students using this abbreviated sms words in examination...that is very BAD Thanks for sharing, hope to hear your views on my other topics too!
@meapas (2434)
• India
19 Aug 09
This has gone so far that it has already started affecting the language. You can see this type of language in the discussion itself.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear meapas, It is so true, I did see some of this here at myLot discussion. It has become so universal in the internet / communication world It wii be a shocked to those people who ar not aware of this 'sms' abbreviated short words and sentences, they will have 'lanuguage shock' and really had a hard time to understand them. All th ebst and do keep in touch!
@xichen7 (153)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
I seldom send message, if I need to connect with somebody I always use call. Because I think from sms you don't know other's realy feeling, like angry, happy, upset, excite or calm. Another reason is I am not good in typing. happy mylot!
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear xichen, It is a good practice to call the person directly and has a two-way communication. I totally agree with you, it is really nice to hear the other party voice and can feel how they felt too. You are a very thoughtful person, keep it up! Regarding on typing or texting skill, I am still very slow when typing the sms. It seems calling is faster for me too. But as many people says..Practice Makes Perfect
• Indonesia
19 Aug 09
I'm not really good at it and my sister always laugh at me whenever I asked her about the meaning of some abbreviation in sms. Most of my friend ask me too why my sms "old fashion" because I type full in proper sentences too.. So now Itry to learn and understand this new language. Still, I won't use many abbreviation in my sms, it makes people confuse and if I send sms, I want that people understand my meaning, not confuse and ask me back. Usually I only erase some vocal letters in some word and this long, all of my friends and relatives still can get it..
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear Chrys, Great job, your method of texting is just like mine. My priority is also to ensure that the recipient of my sms understand the contents of it. No point using too many abbreviation and end up confusing people and the consequences will be worse.... I normally will type in full, then try to shorten it in a way still can be understood. All the best and do keep in touch :)
@Ritchelle (3797)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
i once wrote an article which touched on this kind of language. no offense, but frankly, this type of language is, if i can call it: a fad (to hasten ability to text)it was invented because of that and it would always stay like that. it wouldn't and couldn't sit (be accepted) in any form of formal (take it straight as it is type of) communication to which is the sole reason we spend on our child's education. this type of communication takes and uses up anyone's precious time not to mention putting wrong information on a lot of young minds who would take so much confusion with this alternative language. peace
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear Ritchelle, Glad to know that you do write article, and you really share your concern over this widely used 'sms' abbreviated words in our young generation daily communications in sms, msn, chats etc. It has it pro and con..it save time and money when students and teenagers text the sms, it is much cheaper to confine the whole message into one page rather than 2 pages with additional cost, most of them live within a limited budget. The setback is it will in influence their English grammar and spelling if they are too into it! Thanks for sharing and do keep in touch!
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@JamesKYTan (1607)
• Malaysia
18 Aug 09
Hi Iriene, I have encountered the same experience with GBU. My son enlightened me, 'God bless You.'There was another occasion which my pharmacist friend told me that he smsed his customer to collect the prescription 2day. But the customer called,"I need it today,not 2 days later." lol.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear James, OMG, that is serious...2 day and 2 days is different by 48 hours! Therefore, it is good to type in full english grammar when the message is pertaining to a very important matter, effective communication should be the first priority in this case. Alternatively, make a direct call with a 2-way communications. Tq & GBU
• Sri Lanka
18 Aug 09
I think this is not good for English as a secondary language people because they start very hard to get through English so if they start in a wrong way they are in a big trouble they we attached to it and will never be able to make the error so it is good in terms of real words with short and sms language for others who has proper knowledge of people.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear yohandanu, Welcome to myLot, glad to hear from you You have a very good point there. If someone started off with sms language, then it might confuse the person and will have poor spelling capability. Therefore it is good to type short but proper grammar and spelling to avoid any misunderstanding. Thanks and hope to hear your views on my other topics too!
@daryljane (3439)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Theres been a news locally saying that SMS language has indeed affected our way grammar and spelling. There are even times when im typing something on the pc and im using the sms language..earlier today, me and my friends are in the coffee shop and all of a sudden my friend asked how to spell psychology...he then said. these text msg thing is really ruining how we spell. which is really true.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear daryljane, OH yes, little did we know, it has already living as part of our daily communication via sms, msn, fax & email. For us the older generation not that bad, because we are many years focusing on the proper English but my worries go to the younger generation whereby they spend most of the time chatting on the net and sms which might have a bigger influence in them. I also realised sometimes we do have difficulties recalling how to spell a certain word Thanks and hope to hear your views on my other topics too!
@yogambal_64 (1016)
• India
18 Aug 09
At first it used to take a long time for me to understand this sms language, but slowly I came to know a lot of short form of words from my children, who were experts in this. Luckily their English grammar or spelling is not affected in anyway. But I have seen students using this short form in their examination papers also. There are plenty of short forms and sometimes only the sender and receiver has a clear idea of what it is.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear yogambal, Totally agree with you, our children are really the experts in this so call 'sms' language. It is good to hear that it did not influence their school English. As long as they know how to differentiate them, then it is alright. The reason it was shorten in such a way is to maximise the characters allowed and not exceeding it. If it went to 2nd page, additional charges will be charged, considered as sending a 2nd message.. Thanks for sharing and take care!