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Anne Diamond | 13:50 UK time, Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A mobile phone

Was looking into the history of the language we all speak - well, the majority of the world, anyway - with author Joseph Piercey. But even more interesting is the way our language is developing, through text and acronym.


Try translating this, submitted in all seriousness as an English essay along the lines of 'what I did during the summer holidays' by a young teenage student:

'My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2 go 2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :-@ kds FTF. ILNY, its gr8.'
As essays go, it was brief!

It took us ages to figure out what CWOT meant. For your enlightenment, it's "complete waste of time".

FTF we think is "face to face".

But :-@ has got us foxed.

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