I love this stuff. When I was at university I studied both English and German, both of which included Linguistics. Language always fascinates me. I get quite caught up in how people sound and what they say — it can be very distracting at times.
So here’s the latest — changes thanks to predictive text on a cellphone: Textonyms give mobile phone addicts a new language. It’s all a bit reminiscent of good old Cockney rhyming slang, such as Apples and Pears (meaning stairs), and ‘take a butchers at this’ (butcher’s hook: look). What fun!
A new language is being developed by mobile phone-addicted kids based on the predictive text of their treasured handsets.
Key words are replaced by the first alternative that comes up on a mobile phone using predictive text — changing “cool” into “book”, “awake” into “cycle”, “beer” into adds”, “pub” into “sub” and “barmaid” into “carnage”.