Mobile Phone Text Speak

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Ever wondered what your teenage children are saying to each other when they discreetly turn their phone away from your view when reading or writing a text message ?

Unknown to them you caught a glimpse of what might look like their own secret code.

What is text speak?

Text SpeakIf you know what text speak is, you will either love it or hate it.

A combination of letters and numbers that are used to make the full word, or phrase, shorter.

Why use text speak?

Text speak uses up less characters to say the same thing which when spelled fully would soon use up the text message character limit.

Each text message will cost you a fee to send.

Typically, this charge will be between £0.10p - £0.15p per message - depending on your network charges.

When you write out a text message using your text message editor there may be a character "limit" - characters are letters, digits, punctuation, and spaces. The character limit may be something like 160 characters per message.

When your message becomes too long to be sent as a single message (for example it might be 200 characters long) the network will send it as more than one message.

To you it is one message, to the receiver it is one message, but to the network it is more than one message.

The receiver will receive one message which might be received in two parts - one part being the first section (160 characters) and the subsequent text (40 characters) as an update to the first.

You will therefore be charged two text message fees.

So, if you can reduce the number of characters it takes to say what you want - then the overall message can be written and charged for as one message.

Examples of text speak are as follows - the entire list is incredibly large, so only some examples are offered here. Some (most ?) of the text speak abbreviation examples below, you will notice, are not unique to solely text speak.

We are refraining from listing anything here that contain expletives or very similar.


AlphabetAlphabetical Index: these begin with a letter. Select a letter to go straight to that lettered section.

This article is regularly checked - new text speak examples are being added when found.

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NumbersNumerical Index: these begin with a number. Select a number to go straight to that numbered section.

This article is regularly checked - new text speak examples are being added when found.

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Abbreviation Meaning
A
aap always a pleasure
afaics as far as I can see
afaik as far as I know
afaict as far as I can tell
afk away from keyboard
aka also known as
asap as soon as possible
asaygt as soon as you get this
atm at the moment
B
b4 before
bcoz because
bf boy friend
boyfriend
best friend
b/f boy friend
boyfriend
bff boy friend forever
best friend forever
bfn bye for now
brb be right back
bro brother
btw by the way
C
cmin coming
cmon come on
cos because
coz because
cul8er see you later
cuz cousin
D
d8 date
dkdc don't know don't care
E
e-z easy
ez easy
ezy easy
F
ftw for the win
fwiw for what it's worth
fyeo for your eyes only
fyi for your information
G
gf girl friend
girlfriend
g/f girl friend
girlfriend
gmta great minds think alike
goi get over it
gr8 great
H
hand have a nice day
I
ic I see
idc I don't care
idk I don't know
ih8u I hate you
ihni I have no idea
iirc if I remember correctly
ilu I love you
ily I love you
imho in my humble opinion
in my honest opinion
imo in my opinion
irl in real life
J
jk just kidding
jsyk just so you know
K
kiss keep it simple, stupid
L
l8 late
l8r later
lgtm looks good to me
looking good to me
lmao laugh my ass off
laughing my ass off
lol laugh out loud
laughs out loud
laughing out loud
luv love
M
m8 mate
msg message
myob mind your own business
N
nagi not a good idea
ne any
ne1 anyone
no1 no one
np no problem
O
omg oh my gosh
oh my goodness
oh my god
otw on the way
op original poster
P
pah parent at home
paw parents are watching
pbb parent behind back
peeps people
pita pain in the ass
pitr parent in the room
pls please
plz please
poms parent over my shoulder
ppl people
Q
Nothing here yet
R
r are
rof roll on floor
rolling on floor
roflmao roll on floor laughing my ass off
rolling on floor laughing my ass off
rofl rolling on floor laughing
rotf rolling on the floor
rotflmao rolling on the floor laughing my ass off
ru are you
S
sis sister
soz sorry
ssdd same stuff different day
str8 straight
swak sealed with a kiss
swalk sealed with a loving kiss
T
tba to be announced
to be advised
tbh to be honest
thnq Thank you
thnx thanks
thx thanks
time tears in my eyes
tlc tender loving care
TL;DR too long; didn't read
TLDR too long didn't read
TL DR too long didn't read
tmi too much information
ttyl talk to you later
txt text
U
u you
ur you are
you're
V
Nothing here yet
W
w8 wait
wfm works for me
whteva whatever
woteva whatever
X
xmas Christmas
Y
y why
yolo you only live once
yoyo you're on your own
Z
Nothing here yet
0
Nothing here yet
1
Nothing here yet
2
2day today
2moro tomorrow
2nite tonight
2u2 to you to
3
Nothing here yet
4
4eva forever
4t for tea
4u for you
5
Nothing here yet
6
Nothing here yet
7
Nothing here yet
8
Nothing here yet
9
Nothing here yet

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Tim Austin writes articles about various aspects of the Mobile Phone industry.

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