William Sorensen, in the New Yorker, compiled a list of handy phone texting abbreviations for baby-boomers, should they get brave or foolish enough to tackle the difficult and more-or-less inexplicable process of text messaging.
|My mobile phone.|
You may cease
But why put myself through 10 minutes of torment on a screen I can't read anyway when I can just press one button to bring up the number of the person I want to call, and say, "OK"? I could even add, "I love you" in a real voice, as long as I got the right number. Watto would be bemused, but not amused, should I leave a voice message for him telling him so when I really thought I was phoning my beloved.
Not that he would stand for having one of the infernal things. They to him are Satan's work - or perhaps, as he says frequently, 'I blame it on Whitlam.'
It's not like I don't have plenty of credit. This is pre-paid, but if I don't keep adding more money, I will lose the thousands in credit I've got stored there. That's what happens when you turn on your phone only once every three months or so.
Anyway, if I use the phone to phone someone, it works like a charm. I'm outa there in 5 seconds. Yet people tap in the equivalent of War and Peace, the unexpurgated version, on their fancy colour screens in about 20 seconds.
That, I have to admit, is predictive text at its best....
I have pinched Sorensen's best ones for an international readership, as I, e.g., don't have a clue what Caddyshack or Mojitoville are. His abbreviations are in italics. You probably could have guessed which are my additions anyway!
80/20 = Spouse doing more and more of the talking
EVAC = Finished Avastin infusion, come and get me
DITMP? = Did I take my pills?
JDTV? = Which channel has a Judi Dench movie tonight?
NSR = Need some roughage
T4W = Time for whisky
TN2WMP = Trying not to wet my pants
TXT L8R = Can’t find reading glasses
WILMA! = Lost my keys
WSWS = Wearing socks with sandals
WTFW? = What is that word I'm trying to think of?
WWID = What was I doing?
WAID = What am I doing?
WWIS = What was I saying?
X2EZ = Crossword puzzle too easy
ZZZ = Going for a rest
YOFFCOMP! = Yes, I’m getting off the computer right now
7X = I’ll always love you and I will until the day I die, even if I don’t tell you often enough
I just remembered to text @Chrispygirldog who's off with son numero one. Who ever thought that predictive text could handle "cracked wheat"? The parsley fields are overflowing, some tomatoes are ripe and it's time make some tabouli...and I just wasn't going to chance it with "burghul".ReplyDelete
Don't push your luck, I figured.
The tabouli with those fresh items would be terrific, I'm sure. The burghul guess, I've no doubt, would send her straight off to Maccas. The combination would be, I suspect, disappointing.... I'd love to join you for the lunch/meal you seem to have in mind!ReplyDelete