Text speak, dictionary guidance?

With endless ways to communicate we are always sending
messages to each other, leaving them a handwritten note, text message or
writing on their Facebook wall. However, all of these non-verbal messages are
flawed with the inability to express emotion in the same way as speaking to
someone in person.

The progressive ‘text speak’ has made some contribution to
the ways we interpret messages. Adding smileys or abbreviations to messages can
help convey the emotion you are trying to communicate, but this is still
proving a relatively difficult process.

I was texting my friend earlier today about her night out to
a club that chose to play a song from High School Musical, why, I’ll never
know. Trying to joke that she’d mixed the night up with an under 18s club, I
wondered why I didn’t receive a reply for a while. It then occurred to me that
after over-use of the ‘lol’ phrase, this message without the use of it could
have been interpreted not as sarcastic but slightly offensive.

New communication has been developing for a couple of
decades now, so why do we still not know how to use it effectively, or at least
developed a way of understanding meanings behind hard to interpret messages?

Best reply and apologise for the misunderstanding, lol.

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