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SMS language (also known as chatspeak, txt, txtspk, texting language or txt talk) is the English language slang used in mobile phone SMS. It is an abbreviated form of English known as a rebus. It is similar to leet and AOL speak. With predictive text input increasingly being used, it is becoming less common.
It echatrooms to accommodate the small number of characters allowed (early SMS permitted only 160 characters), and as a convenient language for the small keyboards on mobile phones. Without practice, sending SMS messages can be time consuming.
The objective of txt is to use the least the number of characters needed to put across a comprehensible message. Hence, punctuation and grammar are largely ignored.
Single letters can replace words. Examples:
Single digits can replace words. Examples:
A single letter or digit can replace a syllable. Examples:
There are miscellaneous adaptations of characters. Examples:
Combinations of the above can shorten a single or multiple words. Example:
Characters and punctuation are removed to shorten messages:
"/" signifies abbreviation, such as "w/" for "with" and "s/t" for "something".
Other transcriptions of slang or dialect terms can be used if shorter than the original words, as in cos (with fewer letters than because.)
See List of SMS abbreviations
There are a number of commonly recognised txt abbreviations which can be found in the list below, or at transl8it!, which allows for translations to and from English.
Combining the above "techniques" can shorten whole sentences. Examples are as follows:
Are you going to the pub tonight?
Hi mate. Are you okay? I am sorry that I forgot to call you last night. Why don't we go and see a film tomorrow? (120 characters)
There have been some reports in the media of children using SMS language for essays in school: