So you thought texting-speak was new

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 17 22:07:22 UTC 2011

>From Readers' Digest, way back when,


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once that we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
–Kathryn Schulz

On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM, David A. Daniel <dad at> wrote:
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> Text message from 1860.
> Essay to Miss Catharine Jay
> An S A now I mean 2 write
> 2 U sweet K T J,
> The girl without a ||,
> The belle of U T K.
> I 1 der if U got that 1
> I wrote 2 U B 4
> I sailed in the R K D A,
> And sent by L N Moore. . . .
> This S A, until U I C
> I pray U 2 X Q's
> And do not burn in F E G
> My young and wayward muse.
> Now fare U well, dear K T J,
> I trust that U R true--
> When this U C, then you can say,
> An S A I O U.
> (Charles Carroll Bombaugh, Gleanings From the Harvest-Fields of Literature.,
> 2nd ed. Baltimore: T. Newton Kurtz, 1860)
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