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expatbrat
08-07-2006, 01:07 PM
People in my novel send lots of text messages. How is the doing action of sending an SMS written?

SMSed?
SMS-ed

Something else?

Thanks for your help.

newmod
08-07-2006, 02:06 PM
I would say texted. I normally refer to them as text messages not SMS.

Donīt know if that helps or not.

Sandi LeFaucheur
08-07-2006, 03:35 PM
Bear in mind that a lot of people (like moi) don't text, so we don't know "official" terms. I wouldn't have a clue was SMS is. Possibly Stupid Menstrual Syndrome, but I could be wrong. However, texting I understand. I don't know how to do it, or even why people do it, but at least I know what it is.

maestrowork
08-07-2006, 06:14 PM
Text-messaged.

SMS stands for Short Message Service, which is a noun. So you should use SMS as a noun, not a verb. In the field, I think people don't say "I just SMSed him." Instead, they say:

- I just text-messaged him
- I just texted him
- I just messaged him
- I just sent him an SMS message
- I just sent him a message/text-message

Medievalist
08-07-2006, 06:21 PM
What Maestro said, with the addition that SMS refers to a specific protocol, a technical method, and not all text messages use it.

And text, while a noun, has over two hundred years' worth of use of as verb as well.

expatbrat
08-08-2006, 04:31 PM
What Maestro said, with the addition that SMS refers to a specific protocol, a technical method, and not all text messages use it.

And text, while a noun, has over two hundred years' worth of use of as verb as well.

I had no idea that SMS refered to a particular service protocol! Thanks.

Heartsease
08-08-2006, 11:33 PM
my kids will mention that they have tm'd someone but if I they had not brushed me up on the meaning I would have no idea what tm meant or sms. The suggestions offered about texting work much better for me, unless you are writing for a zine whose audience is savvy.

LA