Top Texting Tips (for writers)
Shoot, I don’t even know if texter is a word. Microsoft says no, but it is part of my vocabulary and I stink. It might be that I use an old phone that’s not really condusive to texting. It might just be that it seems like too much work. My kids’ fingers fly and there are times that I wonder if texting is somehow the future of writing.
I hope not.
Still, I’d like to be better at it. It seems like part of my problem stems from the fact that I simply don’t know all the lingo. I’m almost convinced that if I did, I could be great. Or at least better. Maybe?
So, I visited net lingo, a site that bills itself as having the largest list of text and chat acronyms.
It was a lot of fun.
Okay. Fun might be a stretch, but I’m a nerd, so it was fun for me. And, as I read through all the abbreviations, it occurred to me that a lot of them could work for writers. We could use them as quickie notes to ourselves when revising our own work or for edits/critique of others. So, as a weird-ish public service announcement I’ve compiled a list, through the letter D. Here goes:! – I have a comment 411 – Information 511 – Too much information AAK – Asleep At Keyboard AB – Ass Backwards (This one is really useful to me. I tend to get the order of events wrong in first drafts) ACK – Acknowledgments ALOL – Actually Laughing Out Loud AR – Action Required (another way of saying show don’t tell?) book – It means cool. (I don’t know how to use this, but just thought this would make a lot of writers happy!) BWTM – But Wait There’s More (this one is good for when you leave out critical info) CNP – Continued in Next Post CRAFT – (It’s probably not what you think, it has absolutely nothing to do with craft! *hint* CR = Can’t Remember. It’s similar to CRAT and CRAWS) d/c – disconnected D+M – deep and meaningful d00d – dude also dewd (this has nothing to do with writing! It’s just funny that none of these are shorter or easier than the original.) DENIAL – Don’t Even Notice I Am Lying (extremely clever!) ditto – Ditto DNC – Does Not Compute DNPMPL – Damn Near Peed My Pants Laughing (a good thing if it’s meant to be funny, otherwise…not so much) DORD – Department of Redundancy Department DUNA – Don’t Use No Acronyms (you gotta love the grammar) DRIB – Don’t Read If Busy
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