A Glossary of Netspeak and Textspeak
For anyone who has suspected that surfing, texting and chatrooming are the new trainspotting, this lexipedia merely confirms their prejudices. But if you have ever stared at a computer manual or accessed an online help service, known it is written in English but been unable to understand its advice, this is a vital guide. It will be equally useful to the sort of people (like myself) who need to find their reading glasses before texting.
David Crystal's succinct guide, a cross between a lexicon and a baby encyclopedia, explains the burgeoning jargon of electronic communication with a simplicity no computer salesperson has ever achieved.
From it, I have finally grasped that T9 is simply "text on nine keys" and means the same as predictive text input, that a DECT phone is merely a cordless phone and that :-x is an emoticon meaning "sworn to secrecy".
There are some curious omissions, such as "underscore" and no mention that "hash" (as in NoNo) is a lazy contraction of "hatch". But it is good to know that to propose marriage, you need only text "wlumryme?" and that, in Italian, the @ symbol is called a snail.