independent

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Gtg ttyl lol! Eh, what does that mean?

LISA KEHOE

THERE was a time in Ireland when a tweet was a sound a bird made, a text was a book you studied in school and to ' like' someone was just that.

If this new world of the English language is alien to you, don't fear. Blogging, Facebook, Twitter and MSN are now common words in our language, especially among young people. To move with the times and outwit those who claim to be in the know, read on.

In 2005 the Communications Regulator revealed that there were as many mobile phones in Ireland as people. In 2009 Ireland's mobile market in revenue terms was €2bn. Saturation has caused a slow-down, but there is over 120 per cent penetration, with five million mobile phone users in a population of 4.2 million.

Let's start with texting. In Ireland, a total of 1.5bn messages are sent every quarter, on average 114 messages per person per month. Staggering figures and a sign of our changing world – so there is no avoiding it.

In a recent survey taken by Our Lady of Lourdes Transition Year students it was shown that only one in 10 people within the age group of 20 to 60 could fully translate the sentence ' Hey wuu2? Btw r u goin out 2nite?' into proper English.

Can you translate this sentence? If not you need not worry as our text language guide, above, is here to help.

Still have not figured out what our question is? Well, here it is. It translates to: 'Hey, what you up to? By the way, are you going out tonight?'

According to marketingcharts.com, 47 per cent of US teens can text with their eyes closed. In this century, every day millons of people use online services such as Gmail, MSN and Twitter to name a few. The days of letter-writing, postcards, and long phone calls are coming to an end.

Blogging is short for web log. It is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. It is typically updated daily, blogs often reflecting the personality of the author.

Another very common online service available is Skype. It is a computer program that can be used to make free calls over the Internet to anyone else who is also using Skype. If you and your friends, family or business contacts are using webcams, you can also make free video calls.

Facebook is a social networking website intended to connect friends, family, and business associates. It is the largest of the networking sites, with the runner up being MySpace. It began as a college networking website and has expanded to include anyone and everyone. This is most popular among teenagers.

Ireland's has a huge 1,734,500 Facebook users, which positions Ireland at No 56 in the list of countries which use Facebook. The country with the most Facebook users is the US, with 146,591,880 users.

Twitter is a website that offers a social networking service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user's profile page.

So while many people think that that times have changed for the worse, that people no longer talk and that the art of writing is dying, this couldn't be further from the truth. Modern technology allows more and more people to connect at a faster speed. The only thing that has changed is the way in which we do it. So start flexing those thumbs and get connected! A few regularly used text words to get you started: asap – As soon as possible atm – At the moment brb – Be right back btw – By the way gr8 – Great gtg – Got to go idk – I don't know jk – Just kidding lol – Laughing out loud lyk – Like omg – Oh my God plz – Please rotfl – Rolling on the floor laughing ttyl – Talk to you later ty – Thank you ur – Your wua – What are you at

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