Verboticism: Textliterate

'Did you get the boss's message?'

DEFINITION: v., To grasp the meaning of muddled texts like blog posts, emails and text messages where standard grammatical or spelling conventions have been ignored. n., The ability to read and understand confused or poorly written messages.

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Getabyte

Created by: astorey

Pronunciation: get-a-bite

Sentence: Tess thought she could multitask, but alas, as with so many people, she was not as good as she thought. She would send frequent getabytes to her friends, her husband and the random work contact who was unfortunately positioned at the top of her contact list. While those close to her were able to interpret her getabytes correctly, her colleague could never figure out if Tess was hitting on him or trying to turn him into her personal concierge. Either way, he wasn't into her.

Etymology: To "get" as in both to receive and to understand+ "byte" as in the increment of data, combined to sound like gigabyte or another of the many byte words they make up these days.

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COMMENTS:

Yes, we have the technology...we just don't know how to use it correctly! - Nosila, 2008-10-14: 20:10:00

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Secretalent

Created by: perkolady

Pronunciation: sec-ra-TAL-ent

Sentence: "Hmm, forward that message to Sylvia--she's got amazing secretalent."

Etymology: From your standard secretary, nurse, or other aid-giving person's miraculous ability to read their superiors' chickenscratch.

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Interpretext

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: in-TER-pre-text

Sentence: "LOLzords, OMG the roflcopters r here, pk m3 ^ @ 4", was the message she received. Tyson was clearly sending this SMS to hide his true wishes about when he should be collected from his friend's place. Carole's interpretext however was too good for her to be confused and she picked him up at the prearranged time.

Etymology: interpret (clarify meaning) + text (in this case an SMS message) + inter (bury) + pretext (something serving to conceal)

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Dialext

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: di-a-leh-xt

Sentence: "OMG" never flashed through Kimberly's mind the way it flashed through the fingers of her niece, Destiny on the popular social networking site, facespace. Having joined in order to seal her place as the cool aunt, she had been frustrated by her inability to understand the dialext. LOL did not mean "lots of love" nor did MILTF mean "My independent life that's full" and this lead to many misunderstandings.

Etymology: dialect (language specific to a group or region) + text (hint: you're reading it)

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vg - Nosila, 2010-03-11: 22:49:00

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Unscramblagram

Created by: SpaceCadet

Pronunciation: uhn-SKRAM-AH-grAHm

Sentence: - "Wow man, you can unscramblagram that? I can't make heads or tails of this egarbage!" Johnny said. - "Yeah dude, I'm a regular unscramblagrammer... I guess I'm just good at getting into the sender's state of mind, you know?" Mike replied. - "Whoah..." said Johnny.

Etymology: 1. "unscramble": (verb) to restore (a scrambled message) to intelligible form; "unscrambler" (noun), a person or thing that unscrambles. 2. "agram", from "agrammatical" = "a-" (prefix) not + "grammatical" (adj.) conforming to the rules of grammar

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Educe

Created by: verbotomer

Pronunciation: ˈiːˌdjuːs

Sentence: "I educed that he meant, 'see you later' when he sent, 'cUL8rrrr11111!!!'"

Etymology: similar meaning to the original educe, but with the stress on the first syllable, modelled on Internet-related words such as email, ebusiness, etc. It can also be spelled 'e-duce'.

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Decryptatext

Created by: thebaron

Pronunciation: de-cryp-ta-text

Sentence: Jason could easily decryptatext his boss' practically unreadable messages.

Etymology: de(undo) crypt (hidden message) text (words)

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Textliterate

Created by: MithrilShadow

Pronunciation: tekst-ˈli-tə-ˌrāt

Sentence: Joel had to textliterate the message from his boss's strange grammar form to English, in order for any one in the office to understand what he wanted them to do.

Etymology: Text: the original words and form of a written or printed work Transliterate: to represent or spell in the characters of another alphabet

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I love this word ! Thanks for contributing ! - emilylind, 2007-11-15: 20:39:00

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Degibbercrypt

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: dee-JIBBER-cript..........Degibbercrypt is an existing word. (Based a match found for Degibbercrypt found by TheFreeDictionary.)...I find this unlikely, and I stand by my word. -Metro

Sentence: Each dreary morning, Stubbly Stu entered the Temple of Technology where he was employed as an InfoTech specialist. Winter was approaching and the sun's piercing rays bounced off the freshly waxed hallway floors into his tender eyeballs, which had not fully recovered from a gin-soaked weekend of cyber-debauchery. Stunned and amazed, Stubbly Stu saw a cluster of his co-workers gathered in a confused knot and arguing with an intensity usually displayed at a much later, and more humane, time of day. Sookie was waving her Blackberry, Jeff had unholstered his cellfone, and poor low-tech Mark was clutching a crumpled E-mail memo he had printed out, not assigning any reality to something he could not hold in his hand. They all looked up at the same time and saw Stubbly Stu standing there agog. "Stu! Help us!" cried Sookie. "The boss sent out a memo, and we can't figure out if we're all fired or if we're to hurry down to the conference center!" The boss, newly arrived from Red China, stubbornly refused to learn more than the rudiments of Engrish, and regarded punctuation and spelling as a capitalist plot intended to make her "lose face". "Stand back, folks!" Stubbly Stu said with a flourish..." I'm going to DEGIBBERCRYPT this message RIGHT NOW!".....and so he did. They were all fired. :)

Etymology: Fusion of DECRYPT and GIBBERISH.....DECRYPT:transitive verb -to convert (as a coded message) into intelligible form; to recognize and interpret (an electronic signal).....GIBBERISH:unintelligible or meaningless language; a technical or esoteric language; pretentious or needlessly obscure language often generated by pompous or incompetent pseudotechnocrats who have attained positions of power, or think they have.

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metrohumanx A mind is a terrible thing. http://www.nsa.gov/MUSEUM/ - metrohumanx, 2008-10-14: 02:40:00

Eggzellint! - Mustang, 2008-10-14: 17:21:00

Great story and word! - Nosila, 2008-10-14: 20:15:00

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Demungle

MrDave2176

Created by: MrDave2176

Pronunciation: dee-MUN-gul

Sentence: The message was almost hopelessly unreadable until Jeremy stepped in to demungle it.

Etymology: "to Mung" is a hacker term which means to alter in some negative way. A mungle message would be altered to be unreadable. To demungle would make it whole again, right?

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