Telegraph operators in the mid-19th century used abbreviations such as IMHO (in my humble opinion) and FWIW
(for what it's worth) when communicating among themselves, according to the 1998 book "The Victorian Internet" by Tom Standage.
Texting has become such a worldwide phenomenon that some fans of the famous word game are demanding that terms like luv, 2 morrw and FWIW for what it's worth should be made officially acceptable.
And Dr Lynne Murphy, lecturer in linguistics at the University of Sussex, said: ``Scuba is an abbreviation but is pronounced as a word and isallowable but FWIW should never appear in Scrabblegames.''
But the opposing camp argue text slang, like FWIW (13 points) are part of everyday language.
It also explains the meaning of chatty and personal internet shortforms such as FWIW
, MUSM, ROFL, JMHO and SOHF.
She said: "Abbreviations such as these are not actual words." But the phone fans argue that text slang, like AKA (also known as - 7 points) and FWIW
(for what it's worth - 13 points) are part of everyday language and would encourage more young people to play the game.