Try as I might, I cannot get my head around certain internet and sms slang.
If I want to confirm an appointment, I will write - See you later and not CU L8TR, you are and not UR and I will be there as quickly as possible, not AQAP.
TLTR, you may think. Indeed, IMHO.
I am trying to keep up and know what WTF is and LOL, although I thought this meant Lots of Love. I once texted - Sorry to hear your bad news. LOL. As others have done.
I also thought an ATM dispensed cash and PITA was what one ate. FAQ and RSVP. Okay, those I understand.
Laccetti and Molski in their essay, 'The Lost Art of Writing' are critical of these terms as they lack proper punctuation and grammar, have numerous misspellings, various made-up words and silly acronyms.
Furthermore, Yunker and Barry found that these slang terms and emoticons are difficult to decipher and often misunderstood.
After reading a magazine, I embarrassed my son in law terribly when I asked him what MILF meant. When he told me he didn't know, I insisted: "Come on, you must know!" before I noticed my daughter flapping her arms in the background.
And, that's not all. GILF is now included in the fray. Have you ever?
And the emoticons, aka Smiley's. There are hundreds of them, also in Japanese. There is even one for Donald Trump, i.e. (y):-p.
They are divided into sub sections and resemble calculus or chemistry. One I could relate to is 8-). Smiling with glasses.
As for selfies. My friends and family already know what I look like and would recognise me in a dark alley. Why would I send them a 'photo every day to remind them?
I can always check in the mirror if I am unsure of what I look like, as I am getting on a bit. This includes my butt.
It's now time for my afternoon lie-down and the reading of a good book. I have to confess. I am not a WhatsApp FOMO addict.