“BCNU 2moro. BTW, DBEYR, TMI. RBTL. TTYL.” Imagine receiving a text message on your phone that reads like this. Is it gibberish or a cryptic message sent from beyond the graves? No! It simply means: “I’ll be seeing you tomorrow. By the way, don’t believe everything you read, too much information. Read between the lines. Talk to you later.”
Short message service (SMS) or text messaging is the way of today. People compress their ideas into 160 characters or less to make the message fit in one page. The messages are sent at lightning speeds so you can carry a simultaneous conversation with another person. There is a catch, though. In order to get everything in one page, you have to abbreviate or shorten most, if not, all the words! Sadly, grammar and spelling rules are often let go with texting.
When To Cut It
Tomorrow becomes ’2moro,’ and bye for now becomes ‘B4N.’ It is nice to indulge in technology; however, do not let it affect language. English language is our basic means of communication. If grammar and spelling rules are let down the drain, there will come a time when the ‘real’ language is forgotten.
These abbreviations or acronyms are man’s way of coping with the limited number of characters per text message. However, making sure that it does not interfere with proper English grammar and spelling is also important. Teachers at elementary schools have noticed that many students spell with ‘text spelling.’ A number of discussions have tackled this topic; pointing out to children the need to separate proper English from text spelling and lingo to preserve the English language.
Another issue that text messaging brings is the mobile phone’s feature interfering with your text messages. You type in acronyms then the phone tries to spell it out for you. T9 or autocorrect is supposed to help an individual to text. But oftentimes, it sends out incorrect text messages as a result of acronyms being typed and corrected by the phone’s system.
Just Text And Write Well
Separating texting lingo and spelling from formal English compositions and other writing forms should be innate so as not to adversely affect the English language. Texting is not an issue in informal conversations and writing, but when you are dealing with formal articles or essays, it is important to use the language properly.
It is okay to text with abbreviations or acronyms, but make sure that when it is time to write something formal, you know the spelling and grammar rules. See to it that the autocorrect feature is turned off and the person you are sending a text message to understand what you are saying. Communicate effectively and get your message across!
IMHO, there’s NP 2 abbrevi8 txts, BBS NTF IRL English is gr8. B4N. TNT. XOXO. (For those who can’t understand: “In my humble opinion, there’s no problem to abbreviate texts, but be sure not to forget that in real life, English is great. Bye for now. ‘Til next time. Hugs and kisses.”)