Txtpedia in Review – Relearn Your ABCs

You ever get the feeling you are not “with it” anymore when you see abbreviations like AFK or HHTYAY and have no clue what they mean? Or if you always wondered what those darn acronyms stand for you see in chat rooms, IMs and SMSes? Well if you find yourself in these situations, then Txtpedia may just be the app the doctor ordered. Developed by Mike Baumer,  Txtpedia will not only make you say “Oooo, so that’s what it means”, but it will teach you some new lingo along the way.

Txtpedia is the ultimate texting dictionary

You may know what OMG and IDK mean, but what about CYT and WYCM? Txtpedia delivers over 1,500 texting, SMS and IMing abbreviations and their meanings to your iPhone. So if you can’t understand what people are writing, or you’re tired of all that extra typing and want to learn more abbreviations, download txtpedia now!

I always thought she meant 'I want some noodles'... damn

I always thought she meant 'I Want Some Noodles'... Damn!

Txtpedia is in fact a very simple application. Upon launching the app, you will see a huge list of phrases that have abbreviations . An alphabet strip to the right will allow for quicker scrolling if you slide your finger along it. A search box will also allow you to look up a phrase in the database. Once you have found the phrase you want, tapping it will reveal the Abbreviation.

Tapping on the Flip button on the top left of the app will change it to Abbreviation view. This is the section you need to be if you want to know what a particular abbreviation means. All the funtions in this view work very much like the Phrase view. As a new feature found in the 1.1 update, you will now find an email button on both views if you want to make suggestions to have a phrase or abbreviation added.

Even allows you to look up emoticons

After trying out Txtpedia, I began to realize just how little I knew in the ways of SMS and IM. I thought I was still somewhat ‘with it’ as I relied on my trusty LOLs, BRBs and TTYIABs. Guess I was wrong! Txtpedia definitely serves its purpose via a simple to use interface and its large number of entries. I certainly learned a whole bunch of new abbreviations I had no idea even existed. Here are some interesting ones:

  • HHO1/2K – Ha Ha, Only Half Kidding
  • GGP – Gotta Go Pee
  • FYEO – For Your Eyes Only
  • LOOL – Laughing Outrageously Out Loud
  • NMHJC – Not Much Here Just Chillin
  • :-> (Sarcasm)
  • ^URS(Up Yours)
  • :-@ (Screaming)

Anyone who wants to learn or look up new abbreviations should definitely give Txtpedia a try. Even hardcore texters or chat users will probably find stuff in here they haven’t come across. At $0.99, Txtpedia is a comprehensive dictionary that will keep you up-to-date on SMS/IM lingo and have you feeling cool once again B-)

App Summary
Title:Txtpedia (v1.1)Developer:Piticule
Price:$0.99App Size:0.1 mb
  • Over 1500 abbreviations
  • Simple and easy to use interface
  • Email developer to have suggestions on new submission for future updates
  • Includes emoticons
  • Searches only made for start of phrase, as opposed to searching any word contained in a phrase
  • No way to filter out crass and crude entries for those who may be offended by them


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