Please, before looking over the Top 50 times two, see my update.
"Top 50 Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know:"
Knowing this list might help parents understand what their teens are texting - until texting conventions change. And, might help identify issues before a kid disappears.
If noting else, it's an interesting look at a new way of communicating. IMO
- 143 - I love you
- 182 - I hate you
- 459 - I love you
- 1174 - Nude club
- IMEZRU - I Am Easy, Are You?
- IWSN - I Want Sex Now
Don't get me wrong: I think the way that people make more people is great. But, I also think that feeling with the endocrine system and thinking with the brain are good ideas. (More about what I think is so, at A Catholic Citizen in America.)
Update (May 23, 2009)
On the Other Hand - - -"Secret Sex-Message Codes Your Teen Is Using -- or Probably Not"
FOXNews (May 22, 2009)
" Did you know that when your teenager texts '8,' he -- or she -- is suggesting oral sex? Or that "FOL" means 'fond of leather'?
"You don't even want to know what "FMLTWIA" means.
"That's according to a new list entitled "Top 50 Text Acronyms Parents Should Know," which is is making its way around the Internet and has caught the eye of some local TV news reporters.
"The problem is ... Many people who see the list wind up howling with laughter, since many of the terms are completely unknown to most people, teenaged or otherwise.
" 'Some of these are absolutely hilarious,' writes 'FirstCuts,' who posted the link to the online aggregator site Digg. 'Honestly, it's probably one of the dumbest things I've ever seen in local network news, and that's saying something.'..."
As one of Gilda Radner's characters used to say, "never mind!"
Been There, Done ThatI remember when "Reefer Madness" made its comeback. The 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film was hilariously wrong about the effects of marijuana.
It's still popular enough to warrant re-release in DVD format.
Looks like netlingo may be in danger of making an Information Age equivalent of Reefer Madness. If so, it's not the worst thing that could happen. We all like a big laugh now and again.
On the down side, I remember the 'good old days,' when PCP became popular. PCP wasn't the safest recreational drug to use: "...In toxic doses, the user can become hostile and violent, acting in a bizarre or psychotic manner...." (Cumberland Mountain Community Service Board)
Problem was, that's how "Reefer Madness" portrayed people who had smoked a joint or two. It took a while before people caught on that warnings against PCP weren't just another bit of ignorant drivel.
'And the Moral of This is - - -'Take assertions with a grain of salt.
I still think those netlingo lists are interesting - but may not be *ahem* entirely accurate.