'DTXTR' translates teen text into English

May 27, 2009
Mobile phone maker LG Electronics MobileComm USA has launched "DTXTR," a Web service which translates teen text speech into plain English.

Wot r ur kids txting? If you're wondering -- or 1dering -- there's a new online translation tool that helps decipher the code.

Mobile phone maker LG Electronics MobileComm USA has launched "DTXTR," a Web service which translates teen text speech into plain English.

Plug in text shortcuts such as OMG! or 2G2BT and get back the translation -- in this case "Oh my God!" and "too good to be true."

DTXTR includes a glossary of hundreds of definitions for shorthand text phrases, abbreviations and symbols.

It also includes text tips for parents to help them "stay ahead of the curve."

DTXTR is located at www.lgdtxtr.com .

(c) 2009 AFP

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OBSL33t
not rated yet May 27, 2009
Sounds like a great app. I can't understand half of the lazy bastardizations of the english language going on in text form these days.
Bob_Kob
1 / 5 (1) May 27, 2009
Then you are too old.
Ashy
3 / 5 (2) May 28, 2009
Interesting thing :) I think parents should understand kids and shouldn't texting with code, their first task is to teach kids. Parents can allow kids to eat with hands, but they should teach kids to eat with knife and fork.
docknowledge
not rated yet May 28, 2009
User "OBSL33t" may have been making a little pertinent joke?? Anyhow, barring exceptions meant to be amusing or mini-brain teasers, people who intentionally use language having a primary goal of excluding another group are indulging in class behavior (exclusionary). If someone pulled that shit on me (that is, attempted to imply an unsubstantiated social ranking) I'd put them in their place.

Someone isn't better (or worse) because they know a secret handshake. That's something, of course, that those teens who are obsessed with finding their "social niche" don't necessarily want hear. But then again, who said, as this article implies that the pragmatics of brb, wtf, and rofl were developed or are used exclusively by teens? ^ ^
bmcghie
not rated yet May 28, 2009
I loathe texting. The medium is slow and clunky. The worst part? People think that the same form of typing is acceptable when they have a full keyboard in front of them. Tsk tsk.