Learn the tech slang before you are dubbed ”404”December 11th, 2008 - 6:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 11 (ANI): A new type of slang, dubbed the ”tech slang”, is making its way into people’’s inboxes, as more people are using technology driven terms in messages, according to a new study.
So, from now on, if you read “404″ in your mobile inbox, it will mean “clueless,” inspired by the error message given when a browser cannot find a webpage.
According to slang lexicographer Jonathon Green, some such terms and abbreviations have evolved as a result of the limited speed and space afforded by text messaging.
However, an Australian study found that reading “textese” takes more time and results in more mistakes.
A study by the telecommunications arm of the Post Office has searched out the terms that are not in wide use today, but may soon be popularly used.
“What we”re seeing is the influence of technology coupled with current events and, inevitably of the young, who in many cases drive language. It’’s focused on this world of mobile phones - these abbreviations are perfectly suited to those little screens,” BBC quoted Green as saying.
And as it turns out, more use of text messaging can actually come up with new terms.
As part of the study, the researchers closed in on an unlikely slang source- Oyster system, a card-based payment scheme on the London Underground.
Usually, the card readers show the number 35 if the card has run out of credit. Thus, “Code 35″ now means penniless.
In the same way you can be named “Code 11″ if you are behind the times, for in Oyster’’s system, that’’s how one refers to an out-of-date card.
However, other terms from the study are of a more topical bent- with the economic downturn, a new term has originated-”GOOD job”- an acronym for Get Out Of Debt. This means the kind of job that a large number of cash-strapped unemployed people must be looking for.
Other examples are simple abbreviations, the technologically driven equivalents of FYI or TBC.
Also, there are new examples-”I love you” can take the shortened form of 143 - for the number of letters in each word.
However, psychologist Nenagh Kemp at the University of Tasmania said in his study that only the sender, and not the recipient could benefit from such shortcuts.
When a group of 55 students was asked to send and read out text messages either in standard English or its vowel-impoverished cousin “textese,” it was found that while writing in textese was significantly faster across the board, nearly half the students took twice as long to read messages aloud as compared to standard English versions.
However, much unlike the popular belief that shortenings and deliberate misspellings are dulling our language skills, Kemp claimed that expertise with phonetics and grammar is directly tied to the ability to decipher messages in textese.
Green said that the development of this technologically savvy (or lazy) branch of language is a natural part of our language’’s evolution.
“It’’s just another form of the Queen’’s English - not better, not worse,” he said. (ANI)
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