“Short Messaging System” or better known as SMS in its abbreviated format, is the current trend of how people are interacting to each other, besides emails and phones. Don’t worry guys, I won’t be bragging about “What is SMS” or “Who invented it” but instead, I would love to talk about its very own unique language.
I believe there is no specific name for this “SMS language” yet, hence throughout this post I shall be mentioning it as “SMS language”. For those who doesn’t know anything about it, well, it is the very same language in which “abbreviations talk louder than words” and the very same language which contributes to the deterioration of some of our school-going kids in doing well in their essays! Mind you kids, just because of a coz instead of because, it could make your whole sentence to be completely amiss!
Going back to our main topic, I won’t be going around and bashing people for using this SMS language as I would be using it myself. Now, let me stress this part. USING IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF SMSING! I stressed the previous sentence because lately, I have been bombarded with that language even when I’m using MSN Messenger and receiving messages from Friendster.
Gone were the days when “How are you” would eventually be shorten to “hw r u”. Now, it became even worse. “hru”. We could have sticked to that “hw r u” but I seriously have no idea why the hell it became shorter. Maybe that change is proving that human beings are becoming lazy and lazy as time goes by and hence the changes in the “SMS language”. Or maybe some might think that it would sound ‘cooler’ if they tend to use shortforms. You know, some idiots would just think like that!
In MSN Messenger, whenever I’m chatting with some of my e-peers, it is usual to receive messages which would take me some time to decode it into normal words and finally replying to that person. For instance, the “hru” as I mentioned above. I’m not the kind of person who loves to use shortforms nor am I well-versed in it, or should I say extreme-shortforms, so whenever I received some messages that I believe it was extremely-shorten for some reason, I won’t be saying anything else to that person besides “HUH?”. And, I won’t be expecting that person to think that my HUH is actually a shortform, in which if that person tends to decipher H, U and H separately into possible words-combination, I shall not be blamed! You see, how a simple conversation leads to confusion and lastly, ended with a ‘disconnection’ of both parties?
Now, let’s talk about Friendster, my favorite! In Friendster, some noobs even tend to use extreme-shortforms in such a way that you can’t understand what the other party is crapping about. For instance, this was a message that I happened to receive a few days back from a girl, whom I believe she is 15 years old but faked her age to be 18 in her profile (Ohh and not forgetting, she put a Namitha’s picture as her primary picture):
cn i gt 2 noe mr abt u?
pls add me.