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Chapter Six. Text Messaging (SMS) > Composing and Sending SMS Messages

Composing and Sending SMS Messages

Just when you thought you were relatively speedy at typing out those emails all day, along comes a new way of getting your message across. However, this is not like the kind of typing that you learned in the ninth grade. This is the new world, which requires a new way of thinking about text input. Humans always seem to seek the path of least resistance, and laboriously pecking out those lengthy text messages begged for some relief. So, along came the text acronym to the rescue. Now, text messaging can't claim all the glory for the rise of this new form of digital slang (or, as some claim, language butchery). To be fair, much of the credit goes to two-way pagers and the instant-messaging world. However, the rapid proliferation of texting has pushed the micro-language of acronyms to new complexity and popularity.


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