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Fun English

English is fun

What does that mean???
DYK? It’s the latest language!Really??
That’s weird!
Huh?! Somebody please explain this to me! ASAP!!!

So all this is definitely not new in today’s English! It’s the latest entry into the language of the English. It is perhaps the most widely used sub-language today. Yes, you guessed it right! It’s the Texting Language or the Internet Language!!! It has literally flooded the language scenario today, so much that the Oxford Dictionary is actually planning to include the full forms of some of the most widely used abbreviations in texting language.

On the basis of a general observation, this style of language can be broadly divided into two parts – The abbreviations and the shortened forms of the words.

The first part contains only abbreviations and acronyms (abbreviations formed from the initial letters of the words and pronounced as a word).

There are many examples that fall into this category. Let’s look at some of the interesting ones-
FYI – For Your Information   GTG – Got to go   IKR – I know Right?       BRB – Be right back

FYI – For Your Information   GTG – Got to go   IKR – I know Right? BRB – Be right back


And of course, we have the most widely used ones, LOL and OMG –
Laugh out Loud and Oh! My God

So these and many more are all part of internet and texting slang. There are also generic abbreviations like PTO, which means ‘Please turn over’, VIP which reads as ‘Very Important Person’, PFA which reads as ‘Please find attached’, and so on.

Acronyms include abbreviations such as ASAP, which reads as ‘As soon as possible’ and the more recent one, ‘SUP’, which reads as ‘What’s up?’! These are quite popularly used in texting.

The other part of the texting language contains shortened forms of words. There are numerous ones such as thx for thanks, msg for message, tmrw, for tomorrow and and of course u for you and k for OK!

Even combinations of numbers and words have made a place in the texting language today. For example, B4U reads as ‘Before you’, 4 U reads as ‘for you’ and so on!

While all this is fun, it is important to note that such language should be strictly avoided in formal writing. Perhaps that is the biggest challenge that English language users are facing today. These words have become such an integral part of the language that most of us fail to separate them from ourselves when we are in a formal working environment.

So, as long as one knows where to draw that line between text language and formal language, no harm is done!
That’s the only thing that one should tc (oops! That was supposed to be, ‘take care’)!!!

C U!

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