TXT+100%+ Expansion: A Question

Perhaps some of you can help me. I read recently about a Swedish student, My Svensson, who won a competition by taking only 61 seconds to type a 141-character SMS message.

Apparently, her winning text was:

Ok, skriv fort nu. Fortare! D1a går för långsamt. Stavas långsamt så? confused Hinner inte titta, måste bli klar. Snart, bara 1 ord till. rasberry Klar!

I’m no expert, but that doesn’t look very text-speak to me (I can’t imagine any Irish teenager SMS texting 141 characters in one message – for any reason).  Is it? In Swedish?

How much longer is that phrase than the equivalent text-speak localization into English? Do other languages have text-speak or is it largely used for “imported” English words?

No. There’s no prize for the answer.

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.


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