Thanks to text messaging, millions of people never need to share their feelings using spoken words. Just shorthand, vowel-less digital lingo will do the trick.
AT&T reports that Valentine's Day is the busiest time for texting. The wireless company said that in 2007 there was a 33 percent spike in its text messaging traffic on V-Day. In second place was Christmas with a 30 percent increase, followed by New Year's with a 26 percent increase.
A report from VeriSign says a new texting record will be made today with an estimated 2.2 billion mobile messages sent and received in North America.
I always thought New Year's Eve was the busiest, because this year when I tried to send texts out between Midnight and 2 a.m., my service failed to send anything because too many people were jamming it up sending texts. But I guess that's just a text rush in a span of a few hours, whereas today is all-day long.
AT&T came out with a list of shorthand you're likely to see today. I think they made almost all of these up. Have you ever used GNSD? or FTBOMH? I'm sorry, but if you type IMU instead of I miss you, then you're just lazy. It's not that hard to text three short words. In fact, I don't know anyone that texts me shorthand besides the classic "lol." And they don't even have I <3 U on the list, which is more popular than ILU. Well anyway, here is their list. Let me know if you've actually used any of these:
- 2G2BT (Too good to be true)
- 4EAE (Forever and ever)
- 4U (For you)
- AML (All my love)
- D8 (Date)
- FTBOMH (From the bottom of my heart)
- GNSD (Good night, sweet dreams)
- H2CUS (Hope to see you soon)
- ILU (I love you)
- IMU (I miss you)
- ISLY (I still love you)
- IWALU (I will always love you)
- KOTC (Kiss on the cheek)
- KOTL (Kiss on the lips)
- QT (Cutie)
- TY (Thank you)
- TOY (Thinking of you)
- URH (Your are hot)
- UW (You're welcome)
- XOXOXO (Hugs & Kisses)
I think XOXO is the only one on that list that people actually use. But maybe I'm just not up to speed with today's hip text lingo. Whteva.