Sunday, January 08, 2006


So, the other week over lunch, I happened to mention the post I'd just written about how rubbish predictive text messaging is. I was immediately assaulted with a barrage of evidence to the contrary, and now I find I am actually the only person in the whole world who is not using it. So, I like abbreviations, okay? Those '2's and 'U's remind me of secret code messages in the puzzle books I had back in the bad old days when surfing didn't exist.

But anyway, there's a nice article in yesterday's Guardian about the phenomenon. It makes a change for a journalist to note it with a degree of objectivity, rather than the usual dreary old story about falling standards and how the kids can't spell nuffink nemore. But I particularly like two features of this article. First, the invitation to you guys out there to undertake some 'serious study' of the 'whole field of predictive text-related lexicology'. Need an A2 coursework idea - there you go... And second, you even get some starting points - a whole list of phrases and sentences to try out on your mobile to see what predictive texting comes up with.

Check it out.

Whatever happened to ... txt lngwj:)?

And for old times' sake (though I should point out I wasn't actually alive in 1873) here's an old rebus puzzle for you


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