If you don’t know your lol from your rofl, or your gr8 from your ttyl, a new smartphone app may be just what you need.
For years, parents have struggled to understand their children’s incoming text messages and wouldn’t have a clue what texts said if they were checking their kid’s phones.
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Text Genie, a new app on the Android market, deciphers the slang from text messages and translates them into plain English for anyone to understand.
So if you get this text through from your son or daughter - “W’ll bl8 if u dnt gt hr qk!!!” – simply send it over to Text Genie which will translate it to ‘We’ll be late if you don’t get here quick.’ Handy, right?
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The app’s been launched by developer DCML and draws on its 1,500-word dictionary of acronyms and phrases that are commonly used by teens and lazy people.
If Text Genie doesn’t know the word, you can add in your own phrases too which adds it to your dictionary of text speak.
We have a feeling this is going to be popular with parents!
Text Genie is available on the Android Market for 89p.