Text-tionary: The Ultimate Decoder of Text Abbreviations by Shirley Slee

Text-tionary: The Ultimate Decoder of Text Abbreviations
Shirley Slee
AuthorHouse (2010)
ISBN 9781452047249
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (5/11)


I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review “Text-tionary” because I’m over fifty; in fact, I’m over sixty.  Texting for me is not in the realm of being easy let alone coming up with abbreviations that make sense.  My first hurdle was to get my thumbs to hit only one little tiny teeny-weeny key at a time.  Then, the next hurdle was to say everything I wanted to say in one short sentence with a bunch of letters, numbers, and symbols.  One thing I found out is that there is no explaining or justifying when it comes to texting.  You say it as it is, and that’s it.

Shirley Slee got my attention right from the beginning with real life stories.  They are a hoot and I can only imagine myself getting into some of the same predicaments.  For example, one woman thought she was texting her husband and said some mushy words only to find her young son texting back with “mom?”  And, then there was a woman who thought LOL meant “lots of love.”  She inappropriately inserted LOL after explaining “it’s cancer.”

For me the best part of the book was the alphabetical list of letters, symbols and numbers.  As I perused the lists, I realized I only knew very few of them; the usual LOL, :-), BF, BFF, IMO, and of course B-day.  Some, like BBQ, have been around a long time and it looks like nobody came up with an alternative for texting.

I can see that I will have to spend a considerable amount of time learning this whole new language BC SFAIK &  IA S2S I CUD B PITB when there is  2M2H. “Text-tionary” isn’t a WOM but an essential extension, like an appendix, to anyone that is just learning to text.  I commend Shirley Slee in presenting us with this very important book.  “Text-tionary: The Ultimate Decoder of Text Abbreviations” is one of those “must-have keeper” books.


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