Dr Caroline Tagg spent three-and-a-half years tapping out an 80,000-word thesis about SMS texts and their language.
She asked friends and family to send her their messages and ended up poring over 11,000 texts, containing 190,000 words, sent by 235 people. And she came to a surprising conclusion. ‘Actually, not many people use abbreviations,’ said the Birmingham University academic, 33.
In fact, many texts are ‘pointless and waffly’, such as the enlightening: ‘Hi. I know you are at work but I just wanted you to know I found my pen lid.’
Does she REALLY tell her colleagues what her PHD is in? Bawhahahah – Dr of text messaginsg….