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    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
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    name='Santonix']Oh yes they do. I spoke to my provider about it some moths ago.

    Most people do pay for text units as part of a text allowance in their contract. An average text for me, now uses 2 or 3 units.
    Some people do pay for their texts, but most don't.

    Check out other packages with your mobile network operator.



    Of course not everyone uses texts so not every package includes free texts. But most people do use texts so most packages do include a number of free texts. You can balance the free texts and the call plans available to find the package that suits you best



    Steve

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    Senior Member Country: England Santonix's Avatar
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    Happy New Year Steve.

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    Senior Member Country: UK DB7's Avatar
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    name='Santonix']Blame the mobile phone companies for charging more for texts by reducing the number of characters a text has. Its no wonder people are abbreviating more than ever. The sad result is that this has spilled over into our general written communication.


    Surely Motd, TW3, Totp etc etc pre-date texting? So people are just abbreviating as they always have.

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    Senior Member Country: UK Freddy's Avatar
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    Would The V.I.P.s made in 1963 have be the first film to use abbreviations?

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    name='Freddy']Would The V.I.P.s made in 1963 have be the first film to use abbreviations?


    Could well be Freddy, and wasn't 'fab' instead of fabulous used a lot in the swingin' sixties, when everything became groovy and way out?

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    name='freddy']would the v.i.p.s made in 1963 have be the first film to use abbreviations?


    d.o.a.1949

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    name='HUGHJAMPTON']d.o.a.1949








    Perhaps though both of us should have added AD after the year.

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    name='Freddy']



    Perhaps though both of us should have added AD after the year.


    A fine example of an early acronym.


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    H M S Victory, CBE, OBE, MBE, etc, etc.

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    An early form of Hebrew Chavspeak. The name YHWH, Yahweh, Jahweh: meaning, origin and etymology



    I hope this isn't seen as blasphemy

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    name='Freddy']Would The V.I.P.s made in 1963 have be the first film to use abbreviations?


    Michael Powell's C.O.D?

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    O.h.m.s. (1936)



    O.H.M.S (1936)



    I don't know why , but every time I corrected the above, it would revert to lower case lettering, so I had to leave the wrong one on, so I could get the right one on below it.

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    name='DB7']Michael Powell's C.O.D?


    Checking out that one for the year, I came up with an earlier one http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0003736/

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    There's also FP1 with Conrad Veidt and Jill Esmond - 1933

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    A serious question. What is a CHAV? Really! My children (well to me they are) smile indulgently as I text full messages with no 'R U C O 2 nite' Is that Chav speak? If so, it threatens our language base and should be taken seriously.

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    Could well be Freddy, and wasn't 'fab' instead of fabulous used a lot in the swingin' sixties, when everything became groovy and way out?


    And did Pop (an abbreviation of popular) music predate that?



    Govt has been around even longer.



    When did the BBC start broadcasting?



    p for pence started in 1971, predated by d prior to decimalisation.



    The OED is responsible for using n, v, adv and adj instead of the full titles.



    What about the RAF?



    I'm sure there are a multitude of examples that predate mobile phones.

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    name='Bernardo']A serious question. What is a CHAV? Really! My children (well to me they are) smile indulgently as I text full messages with no 'R U C O 2 nite' Is that Chav speak? If so, it threatens our language base and should be taken seriously.


    Emerging British subculture which is quickly becoming an epidemic. Chavs can be found the length and breadth of the country, hanging around any junk food outlet, off licence or just hanging around the streets, where they pass the time by vandalising property, drinking cheap cider, shouting abuse at passers by and terrorising old people.



    Appearance: Chavs have a strict dress code. Designer labels are everything, although knocked off/fake items are almost de-rigeur. Typically, the male chav will wear a Nickelson or Schott hooded top, baggy tracksuit trousers, white designer trainers, and a baseball cap by burberry or Nike. The female chav (chavette) will have peroxide blonde hair scrunched so tight into a pony tail with colourful scrunchies that her forehead stretches. She will wear a dark blue tracksuit with white stripes, an enormous puffa jacket, hoop earrings, and white trainers. Female chavs are forbidden from wearing socks, and all chavs must wear as much fake gold jewellery as they can fit on their bodies. Mobiles are an added status symbol, and when equipped, the chav must shout into it in the most anti-social way possible, using at least one expletive and the word "innit" per second. Every other word in between should be unrecognisable to non-chavs.



    Cars: Typically the Vauxhall Nova, but could include Ford Escort/Orion, Vauxhall Astra, and for chavs with "bling", even a totally shagged 3 series BMW. Whatever the type of car, it must have a spoiler shaped plank of MDF nailed to the back, 20" alloy wheels which rub on the wheel arches over every bump, a badly fitted bodykit (extra points for being able to see EXACTLY where the car ends and bodykit starts), a lairy paint job with runs in it, exhaust pipes the size of the space shuttle's booster nozzles, and blue LED's on the washer jets. Neon undercar lighting is also desirable.



    Attitude: The chav's attitude depends heavily on the number of mates backing him up. If he's on his own, he'll skulk along anonymously. In numbers, he'll challenge anyone to anything.


    I think the term chav was originally used as an acronym which stands for Council House and Vehicle and was used to describe working class adults rather tan teenagers who adopted it as their own and so 'reclaimed' the insult.



    The term is the same as Charver which is most commonly used in Yorkshire.



    There's also Chavette, the female version of Chav.



    It has given rise to a number of jokes including:



    What's the most confusing day of the year for a Chav?

    Fathers Day!



    How do you start an argument with a chav?

    Speak!



    What do you call a chav in a tastfully decorated house?

    The burglar.



    What do you call a Chav in a box?

    Innit.



    What do you call a Chav in a filing cabinet?

    Sorted.



    What do you call a Chav in a box with a lock on it?

    Safe.



    What do you call an Eskimo Chav?

    Innuinnit.



    Why are Chavs like slinkies?

    They have no real use but it's great to watch one fall down a flight

    of stairs.



    What do you call a Chavette in a white tracksuit?

    The bride.



    What do you say to a chav at work?

    Can i have a big mac please?



    How do you identify the bride at a chav wedding?

    She is the most pregnant one.



    What do chavs use as protection during sex?

    A bus shelter!




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    Female chavs are 'forbidden' from wearing socks?.........they'll have freezing cold feet!



    One youngster i work came out with the expression 'that's really gay' a short while back, i know he wasn't referring to the other two meanings of the word, and i didn't want to ask him for embarrassments sake, so what does 'gay' mean in chav speak?

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    name='Mark O']Female chavs are 'forbidden' from wearing socks?.........they'll have freezing cold feet!



    One youngster i work came out with the expression 'that's really gay' a short while back, i know he wasn't referring to the other two meanings of the word, and i didn't want to ask him for embarrassments sake, so what does 'gay' mean in chav speak?


    Gay means idiotic or pathetic in Chavspeak.



    I think I should clarify something here: I'm not a Chav, nor do I associate with them, I merely have an interest in Linguistics and Chavspeak is just a poor definition of 21st century vernacular English.



    Innit.

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    name='Mark O']Female chavs are 'forbidden' from wearing socks?.........they'll have freezing cold feet!



    One youngster i work came out with the expression 'that's really gay' a short while back, i know he wasn't referring to the other two meanings of the word, and i didn't want to ask him for embarrassments sake, so what does 'gay' mean in chav speak?




    It is a term of abuse meaning of poor or inferior quality.

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