A recent survey has shown that text speak and abbreviations are no longer used only by teenagers. It’s also used by 69% of people aged between 35 and 54. On this blog I’ve discussed before the development of language and how it affects translation. Text speak is just another strand of language development.
The financial sector has been using abbreviations for years to make their documents shorter – APR, VAT, GDP. A large section of the public don’t know what these abbreviations mean and more alarmingly what the financial implications of these are.
Organic language development
Text speak comes from the same pool as all language developments, the public. There’s no organisation that regulates the language, though many try and ultimately fail. Whether you love or loathe text speak, it’s here to stay.
Text speak and translation
So far we’ve not had any text speak to translate, but as social media sites expand and communicating on the run increases it can’t be long until we get a translation requiring text language as a specialist skill.
Britain’s favourite text abbreviations
According to the Express Britain’s favourite acronym is LOL, standing for laugh out loud, with 54 per cent of people using it regularly. It’s followed by OMG, for oh my God, and BTW, for by the way.
What are your favourites and which ones do you hate? Let us know in the comments section.