The Textese language

SMH…I had to look that up and when I found out what it meant, I did it.

Facebook, Twitter and texts have reduced the English language and others I’d assume, to an unintelligible cast of characters.  I’d dare say any 14-year-old could and has held an entire conversation without typing an actual word.  For a 50 something year old, learning a new language is not that easy and that’s why Bing is my best friend.

I recently saw a site that listed an amazing 585 Facebook acronyms.  FIVE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE and according to other sites that’s on the low side.  Another site shows the total number of internet slang acronyms as high as 14,000.  Now granted, there are several other types of acronyms, business, government, military, science and technology, and others that far surpass that number.

I can rationalize why we have the other acronyms.  Can you imagine a geneticist typing Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), or soldier typing Armour Piercing Fin Stabilised Discarding Sabot Depleted Uranium Shell (APFSDSDUS) numerous times a day without using acronyms?   It’s quite possible they would get nothing done.

The only reason I can come up with for internet slang and acronyms is the need for speed.  Shortening things, including words does increase speed when sending a message; but it often slows the process of communication down when the receiver doesn’t understand the message.

No matter how you look at it, textese conversations, splattered with emoticons/emojis have become the norm.

Long gone are the days of receiving a letter via snail (speed thing) mail, written in beautiful longhand (yes that’s a thing) on personalized stationary.  My father-in-law (FIL) still sends us handwritten letters, delivered by the postman.  It means a lot when someone takes the time to personally send a letter, rather than a few seconds to send a text that has no words.

I wonder if those who have grown so accustomed to using textese and acronyms will ever come to a point in their lives when they’ll drop the shortened text speak and pick up paper and pen, write a letter and send it via snail mail.  I wonder if they’ll come to the realization that as they grow older speed isn’t everything.  With age comes the wish that time would slow down, not speed up.

b4n 🙂

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  1. I remember being in the military overseas and receiving a letter from a loved one that was written ten to fourteen days ago. I cherished those moments of reading the outside of the envelope, looking for a slight opening at the top corner, enlarging the hole slightly, then slowly moving my finger along the top edge so as not to damage the contents. As I read the letter I visualized that person sitting on their bed or at their kitchen table taking their time to put the right words on paper. We didn’t have computers, cell phones, and Starbucks yet. One had to actually take pen to paper, address an envelope, buy a stamp, and take the letter to the mailbox. A lot of thought went into writing a letter. If it were in today’s world, a quick text would not have the same meaning. I remember that hand-written letter from 1975. A text would have been forgotten in a couple of minutes. Your blog brought back memories. Thank you.

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  2. i love stationary and love to mail cards with notes — all the more infrequently because almost all i correspond with use email or text. and i love to support the post office – i still think the speed of snail mail is quite remarkable if slower than over networks –


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