Let's get even more specific! The most noticeable feature of text orthography (a method of specifying the correct way of using a writing system to write a language) is the use of single letters, numerals, and typographic symbols to represent words, parts of words or even noises. For example:
b = be 2 = to @ = at x = kiss
When graphic units are used in this way, they are technically known as logograms or logographs (or in the case of some languages, characters). Logograms in texting may be used alone, or in combination:
Pictograms or pictographs, on the other hand, refer to visual shapes or pictures that represent objects or concepts. For example, emoticons and straight-on smileys are pictograms, and are also known as ASCII art. For example:
Some texters use a combination of English and their language, for example, here are some German phrases: b4 = before (bevor) 4u = for you (fur dich) 4e = for ever (fur immer) brb = be right back (bin gleich wieder da) j4f = just for fun (nur zum spass) mx = Merry Christmas (Frohe Weihnachten)
Don't worry about upper and lowercase letters
Eliminate punctuation if you want to
Eliminate vowels, such as pls for please
Replace words with number, as in cul8r
Use sounds and letters to represent words, like u for you
Use common abbreviations for common words, like thx for thanks
Historical perspective: In July 2005, in the U.S. there were 81.7 million text message users over 13 years old, while April 2008 saw that figure increase 37.5% to 112 million. These users sent 48 billion messages monthly and 363 billion annually, an increase of 448% since 2005. In 2009, according to TNS Global, 74% of the world’s digital messages were sent through a mobile device in January 2009, a 15% increase over the previous year.
For the largest list of Internet acronyms and text messaging shorthand, click on "more info" below, and SEE ALSO: NetLingo definitions of shorthand and leetspeak have more lowercase examples!