‘Txt’ speak evolution baffles today’s parents but makes teenagers 'LOL'
Published 01/05/2015 | 15:40
The evolution of text speak bewilders more than three quarters of parents, as texters continue to develop new terms and abbreviations to communicate on their smart phones.
Research has found that more than 86pc of mums and dads are baffled by the text speak used by modern day teenagers, as old abbreviations such as ‘Gr8’, ‘L8r’ and ‘Bbz’ are rarely used in 2015.
‘Bae’, a shortened version of babe, is the term the majority of parents struggled with most as well as abbreviated terms such as ‘Lmk’ (let me know) and ‘Icymi’ (In case you missed it).
Language expert Professor John Sutherland said: “The limitation of characters on old handsets was a key factor in the rise of acronyms in text messaging such as ‘Txt’, ‘Gr8’ and ‘M8’.
“Technological evolution has meant that these words are now effectively extinct from the text speak language and are seen as antique.”
The professor also commented on emojis, which are being used extensively in conversations in 2015 and said our use of facial expression emojicons “harks back to a caveman form of communication.”
Top 10 Outdated Text Terms
TXT = Text
GR8 = Great
M8 = Mate
BRB = Be right back
ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing
BBZ = Babes
L8RZ = See you later
GTG = Got to go
Enuf = Enough
TTYL = Talk to you later
Top Ten Phrases Parents don’t understand
Fleek = Looking good
FOMO = Fear of missing out
Bae = A term of affection
ICYMI = In case you missed it
Deadout = Rubbis or tired
TBT = Throwback Thursday
LMK = Let me know
RN = Right now
Thirsty = Looking for attention
NSFW = Not safe for work