Posts Tagged ‘kids’


July 6, 2009

Naptime, and it’s not an unusual occurence at this stage – two or three girls ranging from 4 to ten years of age outside my bedroom window.

They begin at the same pitch – low enough for their young girly voices, and as they run out of breath, increase pitch and volume. They repeat this with chatting in between.

As wreck the head as it is to have so many children in the apartment block these days, with nowhere else to play but the echoey amplifying courtyard, every once in a while there’s a gem that makes it absolutely okay.

girls ruleSorry to say – out of frame is the line: “and I meen it”

txt spk innit?

September 3, 2008

Apparently this bizarre poster is hanging in schools around London.

I can make out some of it, but clearly without consistent ruleZ (like v english language as got) how is every1 supposed to understand it all?
It’s ridiculous. Surely some kids use ‘XXX’ to refer to ‘adults’, while others type XXX into google images and jerk themselves silly of an afternoon.

I get that whole, “I’m old and out of touch” feeling, as well as the “that’s just not proper… in my day we learned the rules of grammar and spelling and for good reason!” yada yada and all the obvious objections like “this could be seen as patronising…” and so on, but that’s all beside the point.
It’s the type of code reserved for and adapted to suit individual closed groups, not for mass public announcements.

on9 does not mean ‘stupid’?

ICT is neither an Invincible Counter Troll, nor a female who gets a 10 due to lack of presence of better looking females?

What do you know? A legitimate term buried in there.

QSL is actually shorthand for “confirmation of contact” in amateur radio, brought over from morse code. Since the 11 meter band, aka CB, used to once be a ham band, I imagine truckers picked up QSL from the hams. Also refers to a card amateur radio operators exchange to confirm contacts, used in contesting.”
– urbandictionary

Really? Hmm. What do you know? An obscure legitimate term buried in there.