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+Lauren Stein suggested coming up with a list of Latin abbreviations for texting. I'm pasting in here some ideas for that which already surfaced at the eClassics Ning a couple of years ago: please chime in if you are a Latinist who has some fun texting abbreviations to share and let's see what we can come up with! I'm also keeping the list over at the Bestiaria blog: http://bestlatin.blogspot.com/2011/07/special-edition-texting-abbreviations.html where you can leave anonymous comments, no login or anything required. :-)

I thought this was a really fun idea! Texting abbreviations are a matter of conventions - so you could have personal conventions (abbreviations you and your friends use), conventions for a particular Latin class (students and teacher pick the ones they want to learn and use), and maybe some of these might even enter into general circulation. In varietate voluptas, after all! So please feel free to add more - who knows which ones might become popular!

What's interesting to me is how the abbreviations leave off the Latin endings - which is great for gender things (so amicus or amica are the same, for example), but it also leaves other things ambiguous, like the things I have marked below as first-person or second-person. After all, when abbreviated, there's really no difference... but the texting context would help make it clear I think just how the words would be understood.

This is very much a work in progress, done hurriedly before I have to get back to school - but I'll definitely keep working on this, and feedback is most welcome!

Based on English texting:
AFP: Amici fidelissimi perpetuo. = BFF
AMSV: Apud me sis volo. = WYWH
BT: Brevi tempore. = BRB
ENS: Ego non scio. = IDK
FIS: Fac ipse sibi. = DIY
FMC: Fac me certiorem. = LMK
GF: Gratias futuras. = TIA
HPC: Humi provolutus cachinnans = ROFLOL
HPR: Humi provolutus ridens = ROFL
IATG: Immortales ago tibi gratias. = TYVM
ICH: In cacchinnos hians. = LOL
LT: Ludo tantum. = JK
MVR: Magna voce ridens. = LOL
NCOQL: Ne credas omnibus quae legis. = DBEYR
NMD: Nimis mihi dicis. = TMI
NS: Nescio. = DK
OME: Opus mihi est. = ISO
PDI: Proh di immortales. = OMG
QC: Quam citissime. = ASAP
QNI: Quidnam Inferorum. = WTF
QLV: Quantilibet valeat = FWIW
RA: Redibo actutum. = BRB
ROR: Rotundo ore ridens. = LOL
SC: Sine cura. = NP
SHM: Sententia humili mea. = IMHO
TCPM: Tecum colloquar postmodo. = TTYL
UEQO: Ut ego quidem opinor. = IMHO
VDO = OIC
VR: Valde ridens. = LOL
VVTM: Vae, vae tibi maledicto. = STBY

Existing Latin abbreviations:
EG: Exempli gratia.
FFF: Felix, faustum, fortunatum.
NB: Nota bene.
PS: Post scriptum.
QED: Quod erat demonstrandum.
RIP: Requiescat in pace.
SD: Salutem dicit.
SPD: Salutem plurimam dicit.
SVBEEV: Si vales bene est ego valeo.

Commands:
AAA: Abi ad Acherontem!
AAC: Abi ad corvos!
AAE: Aequo animo esto!
AAV: Ave atque vale.
AEA: Audendum est - age!
ANC: Aliena noli curare.
ASP: Aspice, respice, prospice.
BAE: Bono animo esto.
BHA: Bonum habe animum.
CD: Carpe diem.
CFV: Cui fidas, vide.
CUV: Cura ut valeas.
DCL: Digito compesce labellum.
DOD: De omnibus dubitandum.
DQV: Discendum quamdiu vivamus.
DSN: Deme supercilio nubem.
DVC: Da veniam culpae.
DVL: Da veniam lacrimis.
EP: Esto paratus.
FL: Festina lente.
FNR: Fato non repugnandum.
FSF: Fac, si facis.
FTP: Fortem te praebe!
IBA: Ito bonis avibus.
ICO: Inultile curae omittendae.
IDA: In dubiis, abstine.
LPI: Leoninam pellem indue.
MVE: Macte virtute esto.
NCC: Ne cito credas.
NCM: Ne cede malis.
ND: Non desperandum.
NFC: Ne fronti crede.
NIC: Noli irritare crabrones.
NIL: Noli irritare leones.
NQN: Ne quid nimis.
NSS: Nihil sollicitus sis.
NTE: Noli tristis esse.
OCE: Occasio capienda est.
PCD: Permitte cetera divis.
REO: Rapienda est occasio.
ROC: Rem omnem considera.
RSS: Ride si sapis.
RTC: Res tuas cura.
TAF: Tace aut fac.
TFU: Tempus fugit - utere!
TTT: Tempera te tempori.
VBD: Volentem bovem ducito.
VIP: Vade in pace.

Wishes:
AID: Absit iactantia dicto.
AIV: Absit invidia verbo.
BF: Bonam Fortunam.
BTD: Benedicat tibi Dominus.
DA: Deus avertat.
DAM: Deus, adiuva me!
DDM: Domine, dirige me!
DMD: Di meliora dent!
DOA: Dii omen avertant!
DTA: Di te ament.
DTF: Deus te fortunet!
FDV: Fiat dei voluntas.
FF: Faveat Fortuna.
LLT: Lux luceat tua.
MMD: Miserere mei, deus!
MMM: Me meliora manent.
RAT: Rumor acerbe, tace.
SAA: Sidus adsit amicum.
SFD: Stet fortuna domus.
SST: Sic semper tyrannis.
TOA: Timor omnis abesto.
VRMS: Vade retro me, Satana!

1st Person:
ACT: Anguillam cauda teneo.
ALT: Auribus lupum teneo.
FMM: Faciam meo modo.
INC: Ista non curo.
LOM: Lapidem omnem movebo.
LQS: Loquor quae sentio.
MCS: Meo contentus sum.
MPD: Me pudet dicere.
MTE: Me tibi excuso.
NC: Nolo contendere.
QDD: Quod dixi, dixi.
QM: Quid multa?
QP: Quid plura?
QPD: Quid plura dicam?
QPS: Quidni pro sodali?
QSS: Quod scripsi, scripsi.
UBD: Ut breviter dicam.
VVV: Veni, vidi, vici.

2nd Person:
ATT: Ante tubam trepidas.
CNQ: Caput Nili quaeris.
CSD: Camelum saltare doces.
DD: Doctum doces.
LCC: Linguam caninam comedisti.
PND: Piscem natare doces.
SPM: Spargis porcis margaritas.
SPS: Sisyphium portas saxum.
SSE: Satisne sanus es?
SVP: Si vis, potes.
UAP: Ululas (vel uvas) Athenas portas.
UR: Uti rogas.

Phrases:
AH: Amico Hercule.
AI: Ad infinitum.
AKG: Ad Kalendas Graecas.
AN: Ad nauseam.
CBM: Cyprii bovis merenda.
CGS: Cum grano salis.
CL: Cum laude.
CM: Compos mentis.
CP: Ceteris paribus.
DG: Dei gratia.
DV: Deo volente.
EME: Ex musca elephantem.
ETB: Et tu, Brute.
FC: Felix culpa.
HAP: Hannibal ad portas.
IA: Inter alia.
ID: Ipse dixit.
IFD: In flagrante delicto.
IOP: In omnia paratus.
LVP: Libens, volens, potens.
MC: Mea culpa.
MCL: Magna cum laude.
MD: Mirabile dictu.
MM: mutatis mutandis
MMC: Mea maxima culpa.
MP: Multa paucis.
MV: Mirabile visu.
NL: Non liquet.
NO: Nihil obstat.
NPU: Nec plus ultra.
NS: Non sequitur.
NV: Nolens, volens.
NVQ: Ne vestigium quidem.
PBR: Pulchre, bene, recte!
PNG: Persona non grata.
PVMV: Plusve minusve.
SCL: Summa cum laude.
SF: Semper fidelis.
SR: Sub rosa.
TST: Tarde, sed tute.

Sayings:
AAP: Alia aliis placent.
AAS: Alii aliter sentiunt.
AFF: Audaci favet Fortuna.
AIE: Alea iacta est.
APM: Asinus portat mysteria.
BDI: Bellum dulce inexpertis.
BTP: Barba tenus philosophus.
CAE: Cras alia evenient.
CBT: Currus bovem trahit.
CDE: Carthago delenda est.
COP: Cura omnia potest.
CS: Cuique suum.
DAV: Dis aliter visum.
DF: Dictum, factum.
DOP: Difficile omnibus placere.
DP: Dominus providebit.
DSI: Dubium sapientiae initium.
EHE: Errare humanum est.
EMM: Excessit medicina malum.
EPP: Etiam prudentissimus peccat.
FCL: Fictae crocodili lacrimulae.
FCM: Fortunate cetera mando.
FDA: Facilis descensus Averno.
FSC: Factum stultus cognoscit.
FVI: Fata viam invenient.
HIL: Hic iacet lepus.
IDP: Ita dis placuit.
IEF: Inevitabile est fatum.
INE: Ignorantia non excusat.
IP: Intelligenti pauca.
IV: Ita vita.
IVV: In varietate voluptas.
LNE: Litterae non erubescunt.
LSF: Lusus habet finem.
MMP: Mons murem peperit.
MSD: Minervam sus docet.
NAV: Negotium ante voluptatem.
NCS: Nulla calamitas sola.
NDN: Nemo doctus natus.
NI: Nil impossibile.
NOP: Nemo omnibus placet.
OT: Omnia transibunt.
PAD: Post amara, dulcia.
PNP: Post nubila, Phoebus.
QNQ: Qualitas, non quantitas.
QTC: Qui tacet, consentit.
RFA: Rarus fidus amicus.
RIL: Res ipsa loquitur.
RSV: Romanus sedendo vincit.
SCP: Suum cuique placet.
SDV: Sic dii voluerunt.
SIN: Stultorum infinitus numerus.
SSP: Sero sapiunt Phryges.
SVM: Stultus verba multiplicat.
TF: Tempus fugit.
TOM: Tempus optima medicina.
TOR: Tempus omnia revelat.
VNI: Volenti nihil impossibile.
VPL: Vigilia pretium libertatis.
VSS: Verbum sat sapienti.
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Last year we were using MVR in class: Magna Voce Ridens
 
I like it! :-) I will add it to the list.
 
+Andrew Reinhard Hey Andrew, we have revived your project - remember this from eClassics a while back? Do you have any more items kicking around? :-)
 
Hmm ... I think I may try to adapt this specifically as a way to recall certain idioms and stock expressions. I wouldn't want to overload them with a massive list of abbreviations, but it could be a nice pedagogical tool. In fact, it could be productive to compare txt shorthand to the kinds of things we find in manuscripts.

Thanks.
 
+Dennis McHenry If you find some phrases really click with your students, let me know! I can see having a long list for teachers as a resource even if you decide not to share the whole list with your students. I'm a big fan of the "(blank)-of-the-day" approach to things, so I think it would be fun to come up with a list long enough to have a new abbreviation every day, and students could decide each day whether they thought the daily item was worthy of going on their own list for personal use or not, cuique suum.
 
Will do. I'm thinking of things like BT (brevi tempore) as a simple way to say BRB while reinforcing a common and useful phrase. That's why I really like MVR (magna voce ridens) for LOL, because it reinforces magna voce as 'loudly' or in this case 'out loud.'
 
+Dennis McHenry Got it - I like BT too; will add that now. I'm normally not a big fan of translating from English, but here I really like the idea that it is both natural and easy to offer MULTIPLE translations (perhaps better even to call them "renderings") of the English phrases - and when you do that, it helps break down the idea that there is "one right translation." When translation is approached as a matter of choice and style, it seems to me much more real and useful. I'll go add BT right now!
For example, with LOL - I like Caudex's ROR for LOL just because it imitates the style of the English original as well as a similar meaning... but it looks like MVR has already achieved some traction; if you Google it, you'll find it used in a few places already. :-)
 
I would use such a list in my classroom, but I would add the abbreviations gradually. I probably would only introduce the list after we had been using a good number of them for a while.
 
EXACTLY: and it would be good to think of ways to promote their use. Since I teach online, that would be easy (if ONLY I were teaching Latin online, alas...), because I email and blog with students all the time, Twitter is easy to use, etc. - I'm wondering if there are fun ways to make use of these in the classroom...?
 
Make use of these as written comments on quizzes, homework, etc.
 
shouldn't that be "sententia humili mea"?
 
Well, it is true that humili is more correct, so to speak; I took the version that was shared by another teacher, but I can imagine other people would share your objection. So, with apologies to the person who prefers humile, I'll go ahead and change it.
 
This is a fantastic list, Laura! Thanks so much for starting it.
 
It is a lot of fun for me - I love SHORT things in Latin (that's why I collect proverbs, distichs, things like that)... so in that sense texting has this huge appeal for me. I'm guessing there have got to be other teachers out there who have texting abbreviations list they might contribute here over time, so I'll definitely be keeping this up here at Google+ and at my blog too. Very fun stuff.
 
Thanks, Laura! Sorry for coming into this late, but our new router at work was blocking us from getting in. Anyway I am quite glad to see that this project has been resuscitated. I've been out of the Classics loop for nearly a year now that I've been doing archaeological publishing, but I always wanted to see World of Warcraft slang translated into Latin. This is a merger of standard texting/IM abbreviations and emotes mixed with nerd/gaming culture and in-game lore. There was supposed to be an add-on that would translate in-game text, specifically quest logs, into any language, and it would be fun to make good on a Latin interface and real-time translator.
 
I've been following Roger Travis for awhile now and think he (and his cohorts) is/are onto something grand.
 
This is not an acronym.
Haec epistula missa est ab iphone.
haec epistula missa est...<insert mobile device here>
 
But I like it!!! What a great idea! :-)
 
Many years ago (perhaps a decade) I remember someone using e-pistula for email. Not pleasing to pedants, but it does the job nicely.
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