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Language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The same message sent in that hideous text-speak would have been more than a little unsettling.’
- ‘I vehemently opose smileys, textspeak and chatroom acronyms’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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".’
- ‘Myself, I never ever abbreviate (i.e. write in textspeak), but cabinet ministers and heads of industry do.’
- ‘Moves are afoot to include some mobile phone textspeak in the official dictionary of the game beloved by generations.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘With Textspeak, a whole new variety of the English language has grown up in a mere five years.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.