Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc.
- ‘Myself, I never ever abbreviate (i.e. write in textspeak), but cabinet ministers and heads of industry do.’
- ‘The report told schools to make it clear that text-speak was "not appropriate for public examinations" and pupils would lose marks if the quality of written communications is poor.’
- ‘I vehemently opose smileys, textspeak and chatroom acronyms’
- ‘The same message sent in that hideous text-speak would have been more than a little unsettling.’
- ‘Moves are afoot to include some mobile phone textspeak in the official dictionary of the game beloved by generations.’
- ‘Self-effacing men are also more likely to get a reply to their approaches, while nothing puts potential dates off more than textspeak like "ur" and "luv".’
- ‘I just think it's crass to abbreviate in that manner, writing in text-speak like some 15-year-old going out on a Friday night.’
- ‘Perhaps U2 should call themselves You Two/Too to avoid promoting textspeak among the youth, and The Killers could morph into The Upstanding Pillars Of The Community?’
- ‘With Textspeak, a whole new variety of the English language has grown up in a mere five years.’
- ‘Naturally, M. I.A. has a blog too, one so laden with textspeak, random capitalization and daring spelling experiments - "brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrap" - that it feels like a parody.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.