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LONDON, England -- Mobile phone text message shorthand has made it into the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

The decision to include the shorthand language came after researchers discovered over one million mobile phone text messages -- or "txt MSGS," as users know them -- are sent every hour in the UK.

Concise is certainly the operative word. SMS, or short messaging service, has now been given an appendix of its own which lists many common abbreviations used by millions of young people to speed up the text messaging process.

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Some official SMS shorthand
- BBLR -- Be back later
- HAND -- Have a nice day
- CUL8R -- See you later
- RUOK -- Are you ok?
- H8 -- Hate
- GR8 -- Great
- IMHO -- In my humble opinion
- :) -- Happy
- :( -- Sad

"We have been monitoring the phenomenal growth of text messaging with great attention: its influence is not such that we felt it was time to treat it as an integral part of English," said publishing manager Judy Pearsall.

Among the abbreviations included are BBLR (be back later) and GR8 (great.) HAND (have a nice day,) CUL8R (see you later) and RUOK (are you ok) are other common examples.

Symbols which represent facial expressions such as :) and :( -- known as "emoticons" -- are also included.

The revised edition also lists new words judged to have entered everyday speech

"Minger" now officially means "an unattractive or unpleasant person," while "chowhound" is defined as "a greedy person."

Children posing as adults are now formally known as "tweenies" -- described as "children trying to appear older than they are."

And young people "who behave in a boisterously assertive or crude manner and engage in heavy drinking sessions" are now to be known as "ladettes." If you knew that, GR8, if not, CUL8R.

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