Tuesday, April 24, 2012


For the A-Z Blog challenge, I will be addressing some of life's big questions. Perhaps together we can find the answers to many heretofore unsolvable mysteries.

is for U

As in you

When did we lose 75% of the letters in the alphabet?

URH = you are hot
UOK  = you ok?
UTM = you tell me
URA* = you are a star

I know I'm old fashioned. And maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm an author and spend a gazillion hours editing, but it bugs me. 

I'll admit to an occasional LOL. But if I try to take short cuts on a text, it itches my spine and I always end up going back and fixing it. Texting OCD.

Before the days of the full keyboard phones, I can see why texting shortcuts were helpful. 

So, here's the test. Can you identify the following phrases:

POS (not the one that starts with piece of ... )  :)

and the bonus question: 459

I'll post the answers with tomorrow's blog.

Tomorrow's Question
The Bad Guys Win Again


  1. I'm an old fuddy-duddy writer and I don't LOL. My kids love that new disney channel song TTYLXOX. Where's language headed...

  2. It's worth pointing out that this actually has some ancient antecedents. Latin, for example, was consistently abbreviated by both the Romans and medieval writers, so that Roman inscriptions look a lot like early text speak.

  3. It sort of scares me, as a writer, to see the English language chopped down to the bone like that!

  4. I've sometimes helped my mom, a community college English teacher, with her student papers, and once, quite some years back, I found a paper that seriously used "LOL." I've often wondered if this generation of text-speak young people uses those abbreviations and Internet terms on job applications and the like. I usually only use the most common, like BTW, IRL, and FYI.

    On your list, I recognize ROFL, THX, AFAIK, and POS (assuming POS in this case means the same thing I think it does). My least-favorite abbreviations are the ones many women use for their husbands and kids. You can take me out back and shoot me if I EVER refer to a husband as a "DH" or any future kids as a "DS," "DD," "DC," or "LO."

  5. Ermm....thanks...rolling on the floor laughing...anyone...I can't get any more! I hate text language soooo much!!x

  6. Now I feel even older than I usually do. Sigh.

  7. Yeah, I don't think I got most of those. I'm all for writing it out for the most part, beyond the occasional LOL and U and R.

  8. I know 420 but not 459 - better ask my students.

  9. Too funny. I've resisted texting and shortcuts too, but I've been caving...

  10. I am a teacher and am always amazed when a student turns in a formal essay with texting abbreviations. U is the most common one, but it's uncanny how this language has invaded every aspect of their language use.


  11. I have some students who write like this on papers they turn in in school!!! WTF?