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TXT SPEAK HAS MOVED ON, ICYMI*; In Case You Missed It.

Byline: RUKI SAYID Consumer Editor

THE fast-changing world of text talk has left parents so baffled, it is enough to make teenagers LOL.

Researchers have found 86% of mums and dads are bewildered by new terms and abbreviations used by their children.

The word that made the most parents scratch their heads was fleek, meaning to look good.

Shorthand such as "Bae" (babe) and abbreviations LMK (let me know) and ICYMI (in case you missed it) were also in the top 10 of mystifying terms.

The research also found most parents use text talk including GR8 which teens think is as old as Shakespeare.

EXTINCT Language expert Professor John Sutherland, who led the study, said: "The limitation of characters on old handsets was a key factor in the rise of acronyms in text messaging such as TXT, GR8 and M8.

"Technological evolution has meant these words are now effectively extinct from the text speak language and are seen as antique."

The Professor Emeritus at University College London added that the rise of emoticons - icons representing facial expressions - "harks back to a caveman form of communication".

Other text talk baffling parents includes "deadout", which means rubbish or tired.

ruki.sayid@mirror.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 1, 2015
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