text messaging
Definition - A less formal name for SMS messaging, a protocol that allows short text messages to be sent from one cell phone to another.



David Crystal on some myths associated with texting.


Example -
It has caused a flowering of the art of abbreviation; for example:

Anything - NTHING
Are you OK - RUOK?
Before - B4
Be seeing you - BCNU
Cutie - QT
Dinner date - DNRD8
For your information - FYI
Great - GR8


Etymology -
The first text message was sent in December 1992, when Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old engineer, used a personal computer to send the text message Merry Christmas to Richard Jarvis' phone via the Vodafone network. No one knows when the phrase text message was first spoken or written, but it was probably around that time.



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