Texting in another language

Texting has become such a normal part of our lives that we sometimes wonder how did we survive without it. In truth, it was only 10 years ago that it became widespread.

With this new mode of communication came a new language. Economy was imperative. “”You” became “U” and “are” became “r”. We all know what these mean – LOL and LMAO and OMG.

BUT…..

have you ever thought how people text in other languages?

I’ve just finished reading David Crystal’s book “A Little Book of Language”. Crystal covers the emergence of text language. He also explores how people text in other languages.

The French word for “”thank you” is “merci”. The French word for “six” is pronounced “see”. So French text “merci” as “mr6”.

The German word for “”attention” is “achtung”. The German word for “eight” is “acht”. So the Germans text “achtung” as”8ung”

The Spanish word for “greetings” is “saludos”. The Spanish word for “two” is “dos” or “doss”. So the Spanish text “saludos” as “salu2”

Finally let’s go to Wales. The Welsh word for “now” is “nawr”. The Welsh word for “nine” is “naw”. So the Welsh text “nawr” as “9r”.

Fascinating.

We speak different languages but our behaviour is the same.

C U L8R.

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