Saw this interesting spelling on the website of a young black person:

"Dis part ent bin updated 4 ages ,if urnt up her jus chillax,ill do it .. 1 day
mkay this iz relli old now but ima do mre stuff to it.. mebbe "

I think kids spell like this in chatrooms as a matter of course. But I haven't seen it in less ephemeral contexts, like a website. Wonder if it's the start of a new spelling revolution!
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Saw this interesting spelling on the website of a young black person: "Dis part ent bin updated 4 ages ,if ... haven't seen it in less ephemeral contexts, like a website. Wonder if it's the start of a new spelling revolution!

What do you mean "the start"?
Text spelling is spreading into all corners.
Email and newsgroups were obvious early victims.
Teachers are complaining about text spelling and (non-)punctuation creeping into exam papers.
Ida Goode-Johnson
Saw this interesting spelling on the website of a young black person: "Dis part ent bin updated 4 ages ,if ... haven't seen it in less ephemeral contexts, like a website. Wonder if it's the start of a new spelling revolution!

Let not thy forethinking heart..
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Is that how it's referred to - 'text spelling'? Are poetry and literature about to spring from it next...
I think really this is perhaps not a spelling revolution so much as a formalization of a dialect which gets its own spelling. What do you think?
Saw this interesting spelling on the website of a young black person: "Dis part ent bin updated 4 ages ,if ... haven't seen it in less ephemeral contexts, like a website. Wonder if it's the start of a new spelling revolution!

It's textual in'ercourse, M'Lady.

Matti
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It's textual in'ercourse, M'Lady.

In the US, we need to step lightly to avoid transgressing against the Intercourse Act (1834) and the Nonintercourse Act (1809). Congress can't make up its mind.
Is that how it's referred to - 'text spelling'?

Milady, would you be so kind as to retain enough from the previous post for us all to comprehend your intentions? I thank you.

Yes, "text spelling" does seem to be used to mean the system of abbreviations and shortcuts used for texting (i.e., text messaging, texting someone, texting a message to someone) on a mobile/cell phone. Maybe there are other terms as well.
The last time I asked about this, I concluded that texting was more intense of a phenomenon in the UK and other European countries than in the US, where phones, phone rates, and phone culture did not make it attractive to send messages. That might have changed in the last year or two.
A couple of examples off the Web:
Text spelling
Uberking Thursday, September 16, 2004, 09:42 GMT Hey what do you all think of the way the english
language is evolving through the ever-increasing use of text messages? Do you think this is going to
change it forever or is it just a phase?
Hay wat uz thnk of da wy da englsh lang iz evolvn
thru da eva incresin use of txt mesges? do ya thnk dis iz guna chnge it foreva or iz it jst a faze?
And from another page:
I think that it is fine to do the text spelling when it's on your mobile. But if you do it at school it could ruin the way you write language.
Maya, 9, Loughborough
Are poetry and literature about to spring from it next...

Maybe so. Here the BBC invites people to "Text me a poem": http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1643230.stm

However, if technology changes (as it is bound to) and makes it easier to type/select/make letters instead of cramming letter cycles onto a ten-key number pad, the need to abbreviate will diminish.

Best Donna Richoux
I think really this is perhaps not a spelling revolution so much as a formalization of a dialect which gets its own spelling. What do you think?

Yes, you are right. This recurs in published
literature (see Joel Chandler Harris, Wm. Henry
Drummond, and even Mark Twain at times) and
goes in and out of fashion although Finnegans
Wake may have killed this fashion dead.

Don Phillipson
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(Ottawa, Canada)
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