The codes used in texting are really a new language of their own. I mean, there are the common, obvious ones like LOL (laugh out loud), BTW (by the way) and gr8 (great), but then there are the rest which become a little more obscure…unless you are a teen in which case you have already learnt the language by osmosis!
According to search query data, the top ten questioned definitions belong to:
- ROFL means Rolling on floor laughing.
- STFU means Shut the *freak* up.
- LMK means Let me know.
- ILY means I love you.
- YOLO means You only live once.
- SMH means Shaking my head.
- LMFAO means Laughing my freaking *a* off.
- NVM means Never mind.
- IKR means I know, right.
- OFC means Of course.
I’m very old school when it comes to texting. I use a few common abbreviations, but otherwise I write the words in full – even adding the full stops (which I’ve been told is now considered passive aggressive! Go figure!!).
I’m sure this abbreviated language teens use is drifting into their everyday writing. I mean, they spend more time on their phones than they do anything else.
The English language has always evolved (and I’ll post more on that another day) but this seems to be a bit of a seismic shift in a rather short time. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
What about you? Do you understand text code? Do you use it or are you old school like me?