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Abbreviation Craze

 

Abbreviation is a big part of textual communication. Over time, popular phrases become initiated into regular text patterns shown by the initials of each word. Examples include:  

 

FYI - for your information,
TBH - to be honest,
TBF - to be fair,
OMG - oh my god,
LOL - laugh out loud,
ROFL - roll on the floor laughing,
GTG - got to go,
TTUL - talk to you later, and
BTW - by the way.

These abbreviations again save time and space. Such abbreviations are so widely used and recognised now they become engrained into language. 

Itís not just letters that are used in abbreviations. Numbers are an integral characteristic. Similarly to letters, if their sounds are the equivalent of words, or part of a word then they will act as the replacement. This adds to the theme of replacing several characters with a single one. Examples of number use:

2moro - replaces tomorrow.
2day - instead of today
L8r - shortened form of later.
Gr8 - stands in for great.
4ever - foreverís replacement.
4get - instead of forget.
4give - represents forgive.

Other abbreviations exist in rebuses, i.e. Fri for Friday.

The feature that breaks from the shortening trend is predictive text. If set to predictive text, typing certain digits will result in the message guessing the word you intend to use. This saves time, although using the full spelling of the word. Also, words that contain similar letters can easily get confused, so going back and actually editing is sometimes necessary. 

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ELECTRONIC TEXT COMUNICATION

  The Need to Economise

  SMS Shorthand

  Emoticons Rule

  Abbreviation Craze

  Laziness of Informality

  Conclusions

BEST ESSAYS

  The Language of the Internet

  English Reasserts Its Status

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