Hi, folks, I don't know if it has already crept into your language but over here in Singapore, SMS shortforms have become the bane of teachers and lovers of the English language. SMS stands for "short message servicing". It's when you send a message to another person using your handphone. Often, people use non-standard shortforms in such messages, for instance, "u" for "you", "ur" for "your" or "2mrw" for "tomorrow". In Singapore, the situation has become so bad people use SMS shortforms in office memos, emails and posts in forums similar to this one. In schools, teachers lament about the sharp drop in the standard of English compositions. In certain instances, the essays or messages are peppered with so many such shortforms it's hard to understand what the writer is saying. "I c u r stoopid" is my favourite response to such writing. A friend told me that the correct word to describe SMS shortforms is "ellipsis". I checked dictionary.com and it says there that an "ellipsis" is a "suppression or omission of parts of words or sentences". So I suppose my friend is right. But do you have a better word to describe "SMS shortforms"?