Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Do You Speak Da Chenglish?

One of the reasons I have a Facebook account is that occasionally students from our ministry will add me as a friend, and I enjoy keeping up with their lives and chatting with them once in a while.

Recently, a girl (obviously not really named "Chloe") struck up a live chat with me (IMing), and I marveled at her language, which I think is a combination of "chat" and "English," which I shall call "Chenglish." Our conversation one blizzardy evening went like this:

hey wts up?=]

Hey, Chloe! Are you still bored?

lol ummmm idk yea i guess b cuzz idk lol haha=)

do you think you'll have school tomorrow?

ummmmm yea i hope but only uzzz we have a g ame tht if we win we will b put in the semi finals 4 b ball im lik th whole team is nervous........ bu yea i havefaith thtwe will win lol=)

but mayb a 2 hr dlay tht wuld b ok k with mee=)

yeah, I think that's what will happen.

i hope so but onl a 2 hr cuzzz i rele wana play tht game..........andd get it ovr with cuzzzz i dont waa make it

[stymied, scratching head with furrowed brow] OK, well, I'm going to bed now. See ya later!


So here are a few online lingo terms, just to make sure you're fluent or at least conversational in Chenglish:

AAF as a friend
ABT2 about to
AFAIK as far as I know
AYSOS are you stupid or something
AYTMTB and you are telling me this because
B4 before
B4N bye for now
BBIAS be back in a sec
BBL be back later
BWTHDIK but what the heck do I know
BYKT but you knew that
DEGT don’t even go there
DETI don’t even think about it
DGT don’t go there
DKDC don’t know don’t care
DYJHIW don’t you just hate it when
E123 easy as 123
EAK eating at Keyboard
EG evil grin
EL evil Laugh
EM? excuse me?

And last but not least, one of my favorites:
IYKWIMAITYD if you know what I mean and I think you do

so, um, yeah, gtr, like ill prolly cya 2tmr, IYKWIMAITYD!
[Gotta run, I'll probably see ya tomorrow if you know what I mean, and I think you do!]


Anonymous said...

Ugh. I feel old and I hate facebook. How's that for IYKWIMAITYD! LOL

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Okay, that totally gave me a headache! :)

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

IFO- I Feel Old

Becky said...

UR 2 FnY! I dn't mind when the kidz use chat lingo as long as they know the real stf. BTW luv the tips.

B4N :-)

Susanne said...

LOL. I was going to do one of these posts one of these days. I tried to be all fancy on the text messages and drop vowels etc. like they do, and my daughter finally asked me to write out the word because neither she nor her friends could figure out my texts. Oh well. So much for trying to be the cool mom. LOL.

Ms. Trish said...


Esthermay said...

Oh, Linda! You’re scarin’ me.
I'm not a linguist, nor a scholar of the history and proper use of the language, but tonight I will lie awake worrying about the decline of "proper" English.
What ever happened to Strunk and White, The Elements of Style???
I’m really worried!
… I can’t speak Chenglish!!! What’m gonna’ do?

The Dental Maven said...

Is there a formula which determines how many z's are used in a word? I'll be needing that reference material too, please.

Heth said...

Tell me I'm not the only one who texts with perfect punctuation and spelling? I hate all those abbreviations.

Lynn said...

LOL! That is too funny, at least when you chat with me I talk and text in your language!

Dawn said...

I have been working on the computer and gotten an IM meant for my teen son. He'll tell me to answer back and proceed to dictate what I should type. THEN, he has a fit as I begin typing, "Don't type it like THAT. They'll KNOW it wasn't me because I wouldn't type out all of the words. And DON'T use any capital letters!!!"

It's usually at that point that I get up from the chair and turn the keyboard over to him.


fransmomma said...

ridiculous. i dont go that far, but i do confess to omitting pretty much all the vowels when i text. it doesnt seem that much of a time saver to use the shortcuts when i chat...i'm a fast typer.

hv a grt dy. tlk 2 u sn. :)

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Funny. I try not to use any abbreviations when I'm texting or chatting because I feel like whoever I'm talking with will think I'm just trying to act cool and young. I've got to keep my image intact.

Liz said...

Oh, heaven help me! I cannot do those conversations. I tolerate the word abbreviations, at best. As a former spelling champ, it's like nails on a chalkboard. I'm hoping this generation even knows how to spell anything when they get out in the real world.

Carol @SheLives said...

The acronymic lingo has grown exponentially since the chat rooms of the 80's, I see. I'm sure it's just me, but I find it so much easier just to type the word out in English than to try to figure out how to cleverly shorten it.

Makes my old head hurt.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Are we allowed to drop a Z for every decade we've aged? Because that would be helpful.

Greg C said...

???? What did you say? And I thought Gulla was hard to understand. I am way behind the times.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

lol...I just type it (chat, text, etc.) the way I normally do. It would take me twice as long to try to figure out which letters to leave out.

annie's eyes said...

I so wanted to stay cool, but it gets harder and harder. LOL. I scratch my head and wonder what the heck language will be in twenty years. Ye olde English vanished. It's a fascinating study truly. Let's just try to stay up on the big things and hopefully, old fogey won't be our description too soon. Love ya, Annette

Chatty Kelly said...

I think AYSOS refers to me. LOL! We are getting old. Yes, I did say we.

samurai said...

Thank you for that quick dictionary... i may bookmark this entry just for the lingo! lol ;-)

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I got lost on the idk and waa...couldn't sound them out to know exactly what she was saying.

BTW (by the way) as I was thinking the other day if I should seriously consider considering dog ownership with such dog as yours (Maltise??), I was thinking of a name. I could never choose Zoe as that your your baby. Instantly a name came to me: Chloe. This whole thought process of considering a dog, naming it, not naming it Zoe, naming it Chloe, came in like 2.2 seconds.

skoots1mom said...

IYKWIMAITYD! The kids now a days wouldn't know this but that is SO Billy Crystal!!...when he played Ricardo Montalban.
I have a facebook and talk to our youth kids quite's fun...they've taught me a lot!

Renna said...

Um.........yeah...whatever you said (said while scratching my head with my mouth hanging open).
Clearly, I'm out of the loop, or would that be OOTL? Why can't it be something simple like, say, pig latin? O-nay ott-way I-ay ean-may?

Lois Lane II said...

OOOOHHH, SNAP! LOL! I'm a facebook lover, but that is just insane!

Carmen Gamble said...

This was actually very educational. Also somewhat bizarre and definitely crazy, but hey...gotta keep up a little, or be left in the dark!

One Hypo said...

This will come in handy! I always thought my friends wrote in gibberish, but now I know there is a method to their madness.

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

Too very funny. Whenever I IM my teenage niece I am in the same very confusing boat--kind of like the boat I get into every Wed. night when I watch Lost, only sans nosebleeds

Heather of the EO said...

I have a hard time bringing myself to even write LOL. Not because I don't like it, I just write everything out. Does this make me old?

Laurie Ann said...

Oh. My. Stars. Nails on a chalkboard for me. It's easier for me to type out words than abbreviate like that. I'd spend more time trying to figure out what the first letter of the word was than I would just typing it out! Chenglish - that's just wrong. KWIM?

Tammy said...

OK, I have been sucked into the world that is facebook...but I'm not hip enough to use all the jargon...I think LOL is about all I can do...

Hey, I'd love for you to be my "friend"! :)
TTFN! (Ta ta for now...I learned that one from Tigger...)

Jenny said...

What is sad is some of my friends will text me with this chenglish and I have to get online to decipher:}

RissaRoo said...

Ha! If I were stranded on a desert island with no food and no water and I had to text somebody in order to save myself, I would certainly perish. I can't help myself...purposely misspelling things and abbreviating anything other than "LOL" sends me into OCD fits (Ok, I amend that...LOL *and* OCD). When did I become so uncool?

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

RissaRoos, I'd say passing 21 or 22 was your undoing.

marina said...

these is so funny!! and yes now I really feel old... Bye 4 now ") marina

Beverlydru said...

Ahh- but I hear that Plinky is the new facebook. I'll sit this one out too. I just learned to text!! I may be slow but I get where I need to go. ; )

Teri~Facedown said...

Okay, my real pet peeve in all of this chat/text lingo is the word LIKE. They spell it "liek". It drives me NUTS. EXCUSE ME? THOSE ARE ALL OF THE SAME LETTERS IN THE ORIGINAL WORD!!!

So, yeah. That's it.


<3 said...


thats great. <3

I dont think (i pray) I was ever really THAT bad... but I definitely used (use?) some of those abbreviations. I think if I was talking to someone who was talking like she was though, I'd be like, honey...english, pleeease?

Jenners said...

This is so funny! I don't get any of this stuff. LOL is about the only one I know. I always have to ask my husband when people use these in my comments. Like ROFL -- I just was blank. I had no idea what it mean. And then I got LMAO -- again, totally had no clue. It is with stuff like this that I feel totally old!!!!

Claire said...

I don't feel so old! I understood everything she said. Maybe it's because I have a 14yo, and we text all the time.