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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted thought or
reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
The Mavens of Techno-Speak
of techno-speak have given us yet another noun-turned-verb to add to
our lexicon. "Texting" is the newly popular word describing the act
of composing and sending an SMS (Short Messaging Service) note. SMS,
an immensely popular feature of 2.5G and 3G wireless, transported more
than 1 billion messages in August 2001 alone. How does one conjugate
the verb "to text": has texted, is texting, will text? That works for
a regular verb, but what if it is declared irregular with a past tense
like: text-taxed or text-toxt or text-text (ala see-saw and tell-told
and let-let)? How about these active verb tenses involving "to text":
I texted, I am texting, I was texting, I have texed, I will be texting,
I will text, I will have texted. And, the passive tenses: The message
is texted, The message was texted, The message is being texted,... Well,
you get the picture.