/hak’speek/ A shorthand method of spelling found on many British academic bulletin boards and chat systems. Syllables and whole words in a sentence are replaced by single ASCII characters the names of which are phonetically similar or equivalent, while multiple letters are usually dropped. Hence, “for” becomes “4”; “two”, “too”, and “to” become “2”; “ck” becomes “k”. “Before I see you tomorrow” becomes “b4 i c u 2moro”. First appeared in London about 1986, and was probably caused by the slowness of available talk systems, which operated on archaic machines with outdated operating systems and no standard methods of communication. Has become rarer since.
See also chat, B1FF, ASCIIbonics.
[hah-koo] /ˈhɑ ku/ noun 1. (in Hawaii) a crown of fresh flowers. /hɑːkuː/ noun (pl) haku 1. (NZ) another name for kingfish (sense 4)
- Hakuna mathata
/ˌhɑːˈkuːnə ˌmɑːˈtɑːtə/ sentence substitute 1. no problem
Chemistry. 1. . [hal] /hæl/ noun 1. a male given name, form of . 1. variant of before a vowel: halite. [prins] /prɪns/ noun 1. Harold S(mith) (“Hal”) born 1928, U.S. stage director and producer. 2. a male given name. [wol-is, waw-lis] /ˈwɒl ɪs, ˈwɔ lɪs/ noun 1. Harold Brent [brent] /brɛnt/ (Show IPA), (“Hal”) […]
/həˈlæbdʒə/ noun 1. a Kurdish town in NE Iraq; in March 1998 Iraqi forces used poison gas on the population, killing hundreds of civilians. Pop: estimates vary between 45 000 and 80 000