Texting - frNd or Foe?

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Texting: frNd or Foe?


Texting is the new stage in the never-ending evolution of language. It's a fact. From teenagers in the streets to pensioners sitting on their sofa, texting has been quite common. Who wouldn't love a quick, easy method of communication? Just flip open your iPhone or Blackberry and type in 'Meet me @ 2, thx' and send. But is it a good part of the evolution? Or will we hope that it never happened in the future? In this essay, I will explore the variety people use in their texts conversation between two friends, Kate and Lisa.


The conversation starts with the expression 'hey,' which is non-standard punctuation as there is a missing capital letter at the beginning. This suggests that the relationship between the friends is informal and loose. Both girls use the letter 'x' as a symbol for a kiss, which also suggests that they are close friends.

These first texts explains that time is the key event that everyone is trying to save. Kate uses the letter 'c' as a substitution for 'see', which is much harder and time-consuming to type. 'Sun' is another example for saving time in this series of texts, which is short for 'Sunday', again, much harder and time-consuming to type.

Another way the girls keep their texts quick and simple is by using numbers instead of letters. In the texts, they use '2' (for 'to') and 'm8' (as 'mate'). These, again are quicker and much more effortless to write than their original spelling. Another example of time-saving words are 'wiv' (a phonetic spelling for 'with', which is quicker than sending the whole word) and 'bf' (an acronym for 'boyfriend,' which is, again, time-saving.)

Words, such as 'innit,' connotes that texters refer to their spoken language while writing...