Numbers in Text Speak

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Numbers in Text Speak

Numbers and symbols are a huge part of text speak. For proof, click on one of the numbers below the search box. There are literally hundreds of entries that feature numbers!

Sometimes, the numbers simply replace letters that they look like (e.g., 4 is used to replaced A). But, that is only a small part of the story. As shown on this page, numbers are used in lots of imaginative ways. Often, numbers are used to improve brevity and message tone, but, sometimes, they are used just for fun.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different imaginative ways that numbers are used in "text speak":
NumeronymImage

<2

<3 means "not in love yet". As "<3" means "love", a decrease in numerical value also decreases the intensity of the love

<3

<3 looks like a heart

<4

<4 means "more than love". As "<3" means "love", an increase in numerical value also increases the intensity of the love

0

0 means loser (i.e., zero)

10

10 refers to the top score out of 10 when describing a man or woman

1234

1234 means "I love you". It comes from the following idea: I have 1 thing 2 say: 3 words 4 you (i.e., I love you)

1337

1337 means "elite". "1337" is used mainly by the gaming community to mean an especially skilled player

143

143 means "I love you". The numbers represent the number of letters in each word

14344

14344 means "I love you very much". The numbers represent the number of letters in each word

1437

1437 means "I love you forever". The numbers represent the number of letters in each word

153

153 means "I adore you". The numbers represent the number of letters in each word

381

381 means "I love you". The 3 represents the number of words in the term. The 8 represents the total number of letters, and the 1 tells us that the term has one meaning

39

39 means "thank you".

3Q

3Q means "thank you".

4221

4221 means "Forever together to love one another". The numbers take the place of words (or parts of words) in the phrase "4ever 2gether 2 love 1 another"

721

721 means "love you". The 7 represents the total number of letters in the term. The 2 represents the number of words, and the 1 tells us that the term has one meaning

823

823 means "thinking of you". The numbers represent the number of letters in each word

831

831 means "I love you". The 3 represents the number of words in the term. The 8 represents the total number of letters, and the 1 tells us that the term has one meaning

K3U

K3U means "I love you". "K3U" looks like "I<3 U"

See Also

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