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Breakfast Wednesday, 14 May, 2003, 05:09 GMT 06:09 UK
The Joy of Text
Young girls sending text messages
Read on for some texting translations
It's thought that around 50 million SMS or text messages are sent every day in the United Kingdom.

And that has led to the birth of a whole new language to allow users to send their messages in abbreviated form, often using acronyms instead of a phrase or sentence.

Texting is now so popular that in Birmingham, they're offering a short course for adults who are keen to catch up with the craze.

The two-hour course, funded by the Learning and Skills Council, will teach basic texting and how to download ring tones, as a way of getting people back into adult education.

  • John Sudworth found out more about the course this morning.


  • Here's a small selection of words in common use by texters, see how many you know - answers are below

    1 GR8

    2 ASAP

    3 BTDT

    4 CU

    5 F2T

    6 HAND

    7 IM2GUD4U

    8 WYGOWM

    9 XLNT

    10 2MOR


    Answers to quiz:

    1 Great

    2 As soon as possible

    3 Been there done that

    4 See you

    5 Free to talk

    6 Have a nice day

    7 I'm too good for you

    8 Will you go out with me

    9 Excellent

    10 Tomorrow

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