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Using Numbers To Say Words (e.g., 5201314)
Saying Words with NumbersEveryone knows that numbers are commonly used as letters in text speak and in internet passwords. What is less known, however, is that numbers are also used to represent whole words due to how they sound.
A good example of this is the term 555, which means "ha, ha, ha" or laughing. This works because the Thai word for 5 is "ha." Therefore, 555 is "ha, ha, ha."
Love Messages Using Numbers in ChineseUsing numbers for their sound is common in Chinese text slang between partners. When the numbers below are read in Chinese, they sound remarkably like the Chinese for the term shown to the right.
|520||I love you.|
|530||I miss you.|
|3456||Missing you is useless.|
|35925||If you miss me, love me.|
|51921||I still love you.|
|220225||Love you, love me.|
|246437||Love is a miracle.|
|5201314||I will love you forever.|
Using Numbers for Letters and To Say WordsHere is a short video explaining how numbers are used as letters and used to say words:
Numbers Used As LettersFor completeness, here is a list showing which numbers represent which letters in texting and social-media apps:
|0||O or D|
|4||h or A|
|6||g or q|
|7||L or t|
|9||G or b|
Writing Words with a CalculatorUsing numbers in texting and messaging is not new. Here is a list of common words that children since the 1950s have been producing using their calculators. With these numbers, the terms only work when the calculator is shown upside down. (Note: A decimal point is used whenever the first number is a zero, otherwise the zero disappears.)
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