Granny waxes lyrical in 'txt laureate' challenge
'O hart tht sorz, My luv adorz...'
A 68-year-old grandmother from Accrington, Lancashire, has rather agreeably secured runner-up spot and £350 in T-Mobile's "txt laureate" contest, Reuters reports.
The hunt for the UK's most romantic handset owner challenged would-be Betjemans to wax lyrical in the "ultimate SMS love poem", and Eileen Bridge saw off all but one of her fellow 200 entrants with this celebration of her hubby: "O hart tht sorz, My luv adorz, He mAks me liv, He mAks me giv, Myslf 2 him, As my luv porz."
Top spot and £1,000, however, went to 23-year-old London law student Ben Ziman-Bright, who offered: "Not even the wet rustle of rain can dampen today. Your text buoys me above oil-rainbow puddles like a paper boat, so that even soaked to the skin, I am grinning."
Competition judge Luke Wright, who appeared in "Luke Wright, Poet Laureate" at last year's Edinburgh fringe, said of the winning entry: "Ben was easily the winner because of things like his contrast of the 'oil-rainbow' puddles, which is poetic and abstract. Then his last line about 'grinning' brings the poem right back down to earth." ®
Congratulations Ben Ziman-Bright
Martin, how is it not a poem?
Gene, I think the ability to convey such emotion with so few words while still spelling correctly shows far more skill in crafting a text message than the usual mangled-almost-beyond-recognition txt.
That's not txtspk, that's l33t!
Caps mid-word? That's not txtspeak, that's leet. Dam' script-grannies!
Thr 1nce ws a txt frm Nntket...