The latest update in our language, which takes many of us by surprise, is text messaging. Is it making our language worse? In many ways, it seems reminiscent of telegrams and telexes of a bygone era. When telegrams were sent by morse code, and telexes were sent over the phone wires with an expensive international phone connection, each character was expensive. The same character-saving economy is applied to text messages.

This is a link to a large list of chat acronyms and text messaging shorthand in English.

This is a link to a link to message abbreviations in Spanish.

While these abbreviations are here to stay, we can negotiate the maze of messages!

These pages also have links to smileys, jargon, and other language found on the internet. Enjoy!