alphanumerish

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alphanumerish

From "alphanumeric," meaning a combination of letters and digits, alphanumerish uses digits and single letters as shorthand for words. It came about as more and more people began to routinely send short messages on tiny pager, PDA and cellphone screens. For example, 2U means "to you." UR means "you are." See emoticon and digispeak.
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In 2008, Lyrons even reports that starting at the middle school level, educators are noticing Internet speak and text shorthand appearing in academic assignments and spoken slang.
But these days, teenagers are socializing just as often through text shorthand as they are through the spoken word.