It can be a completely foreign language.
In teen-texting, spelling and grammar are tossed out the window, clarity is sacrificed in the quest for speed, and some words are appropriated for uses they were never intended for. Acronyms reign supreme.
It's almost a form of code. But is this a new phenomenon?
During World War II, before our time, defence personnel and their sweethearts used acronyms in correspondence.
- ITALY: I trust and love you
- HOLLAND: Hope our love lasts and never dies
- SWALK: Sealed with a loving kiss
- NORWICH: 'Nickers off ready when I come home
- DINKS: Double income, no kids
- YUPPIES: Young upwardly-mobile professionals
- LOMBARD: Lots of money but a real dickhead
- SITCOM: Single income, two children, outrageous mortgage
- SMART goals: Specific, measurable, agreed, realistic, time-bound goals
- SWOT analysis: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats analysis
A: He's in the stationery cupboard, doing a SWOT on the supplies situation. He plans to set some SMARTS regarding paperclips, envelopes and fluoro marker pens.
- FIGJAM: F*** I'm good, just ask me