No text please…we are still British!


Hello there.

Now I know that most of us no longer write with a Feather Quill pen, but it is a way of communicating and an art form that can be appreciated. I am not sure that the same can be said for text messages containing abbreviated words.

This week I am revisiting a subject I covered in a piece last year called No Text Please We’re British?  If you want to remind yourself about what I wrote, here is the link –

So by now, you will have realised that I really cannot tolerate English Language being used inappropriately. I use texts myself, but I do not shorten words, use abbreviations or acronyms.  I have a few reasons for this.

Firstly, words are precious so why shorten them? Secondly, why be lazy? Writing the words in full will help you to remember how they are spelt and thirdly, there can be no misunderstanding of what is meant when the language is clear.

Talking of understanding, did you know that there are translations on the internet for text talk? is a slang dictionary which can translate ‘idk’ and ‘afk ‘to ‘I don’t know’ and ‘away from keyboard.’  I apologise if you already knew about the existence of these type of sites or if you knew what these letters meant.

There are other sites too like and where you literally just type the text message into a box and it will translate it for you. For a full list of abbreviations and acronyms see

With these sites, no one will ever know that you didn’t have the foggiest idea what they were saying in their last text!

Disclaimer: the purpose of this blog is to keep you informed not to encourage you to use these phrases.  Also note that some of the phrases on the full list may offend you.

Rest assured I will not be using any of the words on the list as I think that they are a CWOT!

Take care







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