Spawn Agribog comes up on some phones when you try to type Prawn Biriani. That is just one that springs to mind and I'm sure everyone knows of some even more hilarious others. As it has a result rather like an anagram but with unusual letter alternatives from the keyboard alphanumeric layout, it has the potential to come up with some great new words or wrong words that are almost a language in their own right. Apart from that the nonsense words are good too, rather like Radio One used to come up with anagrams of celebrity's names Tony Blackburn produced Bonkyt Rublcan and Claby Bruntbok. Cliff Richard Produced Chad Flirfric.
I'm just wondering when I see people mention that some folks over a certain age are dissociating themselves from "text messaging" because they associate it wrongly with a kind of closed-order coded way of communicating that only the young would be interested in.
I think Jonathan Ross said he refuses to use the abbreviations as he can't be bothered with them, but I am certain that when I started using Text messages in the early days when they were called SMS - I found abbreviations such as 4U and ICUR and L8 and so forth were the perfect way to allow you to say more in a single message without running beyond the 160 character limit for one message. I'm sure that having to pay for a second message when it over ran the 160 character limit was annoying and cost too much. So the young ones perfected a way to say far more with less letters. Seems a perfect solution to avoid having to pay out too much to the Mobile Network Providers.
In those early days around the mid 1990s we had no free texts and they all cost at least 10pence plus 17.5% Vat per message. So it got quite expensive if you were sending hundreds in a month. So I did all the abbreviations I could so that Predictive text could even spell the word when I shortened it.
Still I think it has become forgotten that it was a way to compress a lot more into a single message rather than any kind of elite sub-group trying to gain exclusive coded ways of talking to each other. CB radio had all that odd lingo and that was very Cliquey but not so Texting, It was for everyong. I'm over 60 and I find it's superb aid to living at the speed of a person half my age!