View Full Version : Poll: Will the promotion of good English be undone by SMS-lingo?

02-11-2002, 06:14 PM
Friday, November 1, 2002

<font size="+1">SMS OK, but not 4 exams</font>
By Sandra Davie

IF U can read dis, den u r clearly wif it.

You belong then to a rising number of mobile-phone users for whom SMS, or Short Message Service, language has become part of hip, everyday usage.

The problem is, SMS lingo has also crept into the examination scripts of school students here.

When the service was introduced in 1995, Singaporeans - especially youngsters - took to it like fish to water.

They invented a whole new array of short forms to facilitate communication. These contractions, usually seen on mobile phone screens, are now appearing in school assignments.

Eight out of 12 secondary schools contacted said there is no cause for alarm yet, but they have spotted some students doing away with punctuation marks, and spelling words like 'before' as 'b4' and 'would' as 'wld'.

Other students have contracted sentences as they do in e-mail, omitting articles and prepositions.

For example, instead of 'What time are you going to the cinema?', they write 'What time you going to cinema?'.

This is potentially a big problem, judging from the prevalence of SMS. Local service provider, M1, for instance, says its customers transmit more than 1.5 million messages a day.

Tampines Secondary principal Mr Neo Tick Watt, who is 'bewildered' by some of his students' coinages, is worried that efforts to promote the use of good English are 'being undone by SMS'.

Educators believe that most students are aware that SMS-speak is bad English but often resort to it out of laziness, or when they are short of time during tests and examinations.

But sometimes students do not realise it is wrong.

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02-11-2002, 06:23 PM

b - be
r - are
u - you
gr8 - great
4 - for
de - the
den - then
wif - with
nite - night
wld - would
b4 - before

You may please add on...

05-11-2002, 05:30 PM
I have a book call WAN2TLK? - ltle bk of txt msgs which is a directory of text messaging and their meanings. Beside the text that is listed below, there are also other emocons - text that express feelings. IMHO, these emocons are just like our smilies, you can just use it in the SMS and the meaning is universal.

Even the text, some of them is so common now populated from the Internet, e.g. FAQ.

Enjoy ... YWIA

AAM - As A Matter of fact
Abt - about
AFAIC - As Far As I Concerned
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AKA - Also Known As
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
ATB - All The Best
B - be
BCNU - Be Seeing You
BWD - backward
B4 - Before
BBFN - Bye - bye for now
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By The Way
BYKT - But You Knew That
C - see
CMIIW - Correct Me if I'm wrong
CU - see you
CYA - see ya.
CUL8R - see you later
CW2CU - can't wait to see you
D - the
DOIN - doing
FAQ - Frequent Ask Questions
FITB - Fill in the blank
F2T - Free to talk
FWD - forward
FWIW - For whatit's worth
FYI - for your information
Gonna - Going to
Gr8 - Great
HAND - Have a nice day
H8 - hate
HTH - Hope This Helps
Hot4U - hot for you.
IAC - in any case
IAE - in any event
ICCL - I couldn't care less
IDK - I don't know
IYSS - If you say so
IIRC - if I recall correctly
ILUVU - I love you
ILUVUMED - I love you more each day
IMCO - In my considered opinion
IMHO - In my humble opinion
IMNSHO - In my Not so humble opinion
IMO - In my opinion
IOW - In other words
ITYFIR - I think you'll find I'm right
IYKWIM - If you know what I mean
JM2P - Just my 2 penny worth
KIT - Keep in touch
L8 - late
L8r - later
Luv - Love
LOL - lots of luck or Laughing out loud
MHOTY - my hat's off to you.
MYOB - mind your own business
N - and, end
NE - any
NE1 - anyone
NRN - no reply necessary
OIC - oh I see
OTOH - on the other hand
PCM - Please call me
PITA - Pain in the a**
PLS - please
PPL - people
R - are
ROF - rolling on the floor
ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing
RSN - really soon now
RU - are you?
RUOK - are you okay ?
S - as
SITD - still in the dark
SIT - stay in touch
SWALK - seal with a loving kiss
TIA - thanks in advance
TTUL - Talk to you later
TWIMC - To whom it may concern
TUVM - Thank you very much
U - you
UR - Your
WRT - with respect to
Y - why
YKWYCD - You know what you can do
YMMV - Your mileage may vary (you may not have the same luck I did)
YWIA - you're welcome in advance
1 - one, want
2 - two, too, to
2day - today
2moro - tomorrow
2nite - tonight
4 - four, for

06-11-2002, 10:23 AM
Thanks CH. Now I know what those texts, which I sometime come across in this forum, meant. UC, I am one of those otak udangs - took a while for me to get the hang of the SMS thingy. Even then I had to spell everything in full. Drove my sis-in-law up the wall. Said she cannot understand why a person who lives in Klang Valley cannot do these things correctly. She's from Ipoh.:o