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Victorian Text Messages

"If u really r annoyed by the vocabulary of the text generation, it turns out they were doing it in the 19th century—only then they called it emblematic poetry, and it was considered terribly clever." The Guardian profiles an exhibition coming to the British Library: "There will be examples of the linguistic games people played, and a poem from Gleanings From the Harvest-Fields of Literature, published in 1867. In it, 130 years before the arrival of mobile phone texting, Charles C Bombaugh uses phrases such as 'I wrote 2 U B 4'. Another verse reads: 'He says he loves U 2 X S,/ U R virtuous and Y's,/ In X L N C U X L/ All others in his i's.'"
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