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Txtng by David Crystal
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bookshelves: poetry, language, technology

central premise: txt language is not as unusual nor as widespread as you might think, and it's not about to destroy the english language, kthx. i knew this, but it was interesting to read some statistical backup and linguistic analysis. the most interesting parts of this book were about txt poetics (analysing the results of some txtmsg poetry competitions), and looking at abbreviations in other languages & among bilingual populations. this book also introduced me to vocab for the pairs of words that are created by the same sequence of numbers in predictive text systems: 'textonyms' or 'homonumeric words' (recent favourite: friend txted me that her colleague would make me a list of fairy free eating establishments in nyc).

a favourite poem, that reminded me of another friend:

The wet rustle of rain
can dampen today. Your text
buoys me above oil-rainbow puddles
like a paper boat, so that even
soaked to the skin
I am grinning.

(Ben Ziman-Bright)
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