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If “Old Folks” Wrote Text

Last week I wrote about language and how it’s changed over the years. Language is ever changing and evolving, and for many of us, this is frustrating. On average, people don’t like change, especially as we get older. I remember as a teen and young adult, I was constantly moving around my furniture. In many ways, this felt like the one part of my life I had control over. Maybe this was the reason I moved furniture around so often. Then again, more than likely it was done just to give me something to do during my frequent groundings.

After I was married and had my first child, I didn’t have the time or energy to engage in such luxuries and once the furniture was in its spot, it stayed there until I was forced to vacuum under it.

As we get older, change can begin to become annoying. I wonder if, in finding ourselves, as we do with maturity, we lose our flexibility. Hmmm… something to think about.

Anyway, I’m getting off track.

I wanted to share with you something I came across on the web last week when I was working on my blog regarding language changes and text talk. This gave me quite a laugh and I intended, at first, to add it on to the end of last week’s blog. But it would’ve made my last post too long and I thought it would be more appreciated on its own.

As I was sharing about words, definitions, and spelling changing throughout the history of English, I shared I believed we were on the brink of another major change. Maybe even within our lifetime as text speak seems to be forcing this evolution.

See here for the full blog post.

I’m sure you have all seen and even use many of the more common text talk abbreviations. Here are just a few:

Lol – laughing out loud

OMG – oh my God

U – you

k- ok

IKR- I know, right?

For a full list, take a look here. You may even want to save it for future reference. I often need to refer to it and they’re only going to be used more often, I’m afraid.

That being said, I have a list of text speak that even us old folk will enjoy… maybe even more than the “younger crowd.” I can’t remember where I found this and I don’t have an author’s name, but I can tell you I wasn’t the one who concocted these.

I think this is what would have happened if the Over-the-Hill Crowd were the first to start texting. Here you go.

Text Abbreviations for Senior Citizens

ATD- At the Doctor’s

BFF – Best Friend’s Funeral

BTW- Bring the Wheelchair

BYOT – Bring Your Own Teeth

CBM- Covered by Medicare

CUATSC- See You at the Senior Center

DWI- Driving While Incontinent

FWIW – Forgot Where I Was

GGPBL- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low

GHA – Got Heartburn Again

HGBM – Had Good Bowel Movement

LMDO- Laughing My Dentures Out

LOL- Living on Lipitor

OMSG – Oh My! Sorry… Gas

TOT- Texting on Toilet

WAITT – Who Am I Talking To?

LTIP – Laughed Till I Peed

GGLKI – Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking in!

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. Lol… I just LTIP

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