Thursday, May 24, 2012

BIG’s Blog: Texting Codes

We all either have kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews who are in their teens, twenties, and thirty-something age groups. Texting is a major form of communication with these groups.

Young texters have developed their own shorthand or acronyms for common phrases that they all use and know. So rather than type out the whole phrase, they just text the shorthand version.

Examples include:

ATM – At the moment
BTW – By the way
WAM – Wait a minute

For more involved phrases, the shorthand gets longer such as;

YGTBK – You’ve got to be kidding

Or one that I get a lot:

YYSSW – Yeah yeah, sure sure, whatever.

But did you know that our senior citizens are also getting heavy into texting, and sure enough, they too are developing their own shorthand or acronyms for common phrases in their life? And just like the youngsters, they are unique to their age group.

Examples include:

ATD – At the doctor
BTW – Bring the wheelchair
BYOT – Bring your own teeth
FWIW – Forgot where I was
GGPBL – Gotta go, pacemaker battery low
LMDO – Laughing my dentures out

And my all-time favorite: ROFLACGU – Rolling on the floor laughing and can’t get up.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!


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