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Does the style (if it is) shown in the picture below have a particular name?

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Fascinating. Where did you see this/take this picture? –  Mitch Jun 21 '12 at 20:10
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@Mitch that's a polite way to put it. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jun 21 '12 at 20:14
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I definitely misread this as something vulgar on the front page. You know what, on reading it again, I still think it's vulgar, it just isn't obscene. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jun 21 '12 at 20:56
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@Mitch According to Flikr it was "taken on July 9, 2006 in East End, London, England, GB." –  Fuhrmanator Jun 21 '12 at 21:15
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It’s certainly a lot shorter than the version I learned: “If with all your hearts ye truly seek me, ye shall ever surely find me, thus saith our God.” –  tchrist Jun 22 '12 at 0:16
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This shorthand is known as textspeak.

SMS language or textese (also known as txt-speak, txtese, chatspeak, txt, txtspk, txtk, txto, texting language, txt lingo, SMSish, txtslang,or txt talk) is a term for the abbreviations and slang most commonly used due to the necessary brevity of mobile phone text messaging, in particular the widespread SMS (Short Message Service) communication protocol.

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True, but that doesn't account for 'da Lord'. So some kind of AAVE as well, perhaps? –  Barrie England Jun 21 '12 at 19:55
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But da is two keystrokes for "the". Both d and a are the first letters on their respective keys. Only d would be shorter (and is used for "the" in some dialects of Txtspk). –  Andrew Leach Jun 21 '12 at 20:14
    
@AndrewLeach: Thank you. –  Barrie England Jun 21 '12 at 20:53
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The plain English bit at the bottom is your big clue that this is in fact what is going on. A picture of a phone keyboard with "Free messaging...Chat with God!". –  T.E.D. Jun 21 '12 at 21:58
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@FumbleFingers The capitalization is pretty normal, in my experience, even if the abbreviations aren't; seeing this stirs up memories of fighting with several phones that had T9 predictive text and would somehow get themselves back on what I can only call the Suddenly Capitalize Every Word setting or the ReMembr typos UnexpectedLY setting. –  aedia λ Jun 22 '12 at 1:53
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At one time, back before there was any even arguably good reason for it, this was called Princespeak.

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I don't see anything relevant at that link. Can you explain what association Prince has with abbreviated writing? –  Marthaª Jun 21 '12 at 22:45
    
@Marthaª: Search for the word princespeak in it. Prince started using that crap way back; remember "Nothing Compares 2 U"? –  chaos Jun 22 '12 at 11:45
    
No, I don't. More to the point, I shouldn't have to: your answer should be self-contained. Links can support an answer, but they are not an answer on their own. –  Marthaª Jun 22 '12 at 13:51
    
@chaos I don't think Prince ever recorded that, he just gave it to Sinead O'Connor. A better example might be I Would Die 4 U. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jun 22 '12 at 14:29
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