Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Can you Digitalk?

Do you think you can interpret student messages? I can't, and I'll be the first to admit none of that comes easily to me.  Entering technology from the background of teaching English, I have an especially hard time using digitalk in any form.  You might see me use a smiley to show that I'm trying to soften a message, but if I mean "you", I write or text YOU and not U.  If I want to say "later", I type LATER rather than L8R. It's like forcing myself to say "ain't"--just can't do it without sounding affected.

For those of you who want to know some of the latest digitalk, take a look at the short list below from NetLingo.  Some of it you may want to use, some you may need to know, and some are just good for a laugh.

ACORN: A Completely Obsessive Really Nutty Person
AITR: Adult In The Room
C-P: Sleepy
CICYHW: Can I Copy Your Homework
E123: Easy as 1, 2, 3
G2G: Got to Go
GI: Google It
J/C: Just Checking
KIPPERS: Kids In Parents Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings (my fave)
LTTIC: Look, The Teacher Is Coming
potato: Person over 30 acting 21
r u da: Are you there?
soz: Sorry
w's^: What's up?
wru: Where are you?
X-I-10: Exciting
zerg: To gang up on someone
10Q: Thank you
*$: Starbucks
,!!!!: Talk to the hand
CWOT: Complete Waste of Time
HBASTD: Hitting Bottom And Starting To Dig
NNWW:  Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink
SLAP: Sounds Like A Plan

Take a look at the entire list on NetLingo.  Be sure especially to read through their "Top 50 Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know".  It's always good to be aware.