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txt & internet slang hz bcum so complicated dat ppl R UzN translators, jst 2 undRstNd it. It’s lIk learning o NothA lngwij. If you had trouble reading this sentence; you need a quick guide to text slang. This article gives you some basics, plus a few extras.

Let’s start by decoding the sentence above:

English

Text slang

English

Text slang

English

Text slang

text

txt

people

ppl

understand

undRstNd

has

hz

are

R

another

NothA

become

bcum

just

jus

language

lngwij

that

dat

to, too, two

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interestingly, The Oxford English Dictionary states that the 20 most used words are all under 4 letters. Text slang abbreviates 12 of them.

English Text slang English Text slang English Text slang English Text slang

the

d

be

b

to

2

of

of

and

&

a

a

in

n

that

dat

have

hav

I

I

with

w

for

4

as

az

you

U

with

w

at

@

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the most used words in text message are for organising meetings, touching base with loved ones, congratulating or well wishes, and letting others know what is going on. This list has been complied to help abbreviate the most common type of text messages.

Organising meetings:

English Text slang English Text slang English Text slang
Monday mon. Saturday s@RdA Time tym
Tuesday tues. Sunday sun. Day dA
Wednesday wed. Tomorrow 2moro Later L8r
Thursday thur. Today 2day tonight 2nt
Friday fri. Next week NXT wk Tomorrow night 2moro nyt

 

Touching base with loved ones:

English

Text slang

English

Text slang

I love you

I luv U 0r 143

How are you?

How r u?

I miss you

I ms U

At the moment

ATM

We should catch up

We shud catch ^

Thank you

10q or TY

What have you been up to?

wot hav U Bin ^ to?

Mates

m8s

How is the family?

How iz d family?

Hugs and kisses

88

 

Congratulating or well wishes:

English

Text slang

English

Text slang

Happy birthday

:-)
bday

Well done!

weL done!

Congratulations!

cg, gratz, congrats

Good job!

gud job!

Merry Christmas

Merry xbo

Great to hear you are doing so well.

gr8 2 hEr U R doin so weL.

Happy Easter

:-)
Easter

Get well soon

GWS

Happy New Year

:-)
nu yr.

You’re welcome

YW

 

Letting others know what is going on:

English

Text slang

English

Text slang

I’m going to be late

I’m goin 2 b l8

What time are you going to be home?

wot tym R U goin 2 b home?

I’m not feel great

I’m not fEl gr8

Sorry

soz

I won’t be able to make it

I won’t b abL 2 mAk it

What time do we need to be there?

wot tym do we nEd 2 b there?

Can you please get some…

cn U pls git som.

Are you ready?

rur

 

There are literally thousands of abbreviations, and it would be implausible to list them all in a single article. Just a word for the wise, if you don’t know what someone is saying; look it up, before you respond. You could be congratulating someone on the death of a pet or something worse! For like everything else in this world; there’s an app for that.

 

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