The server is down

In this post we’ll have a look at a very short exchange between a customer and tech support about a server problem. Let’s first start with the word “server”…

“Wam!” “gtr, b4n!”

Do you understand the title of this post? Don’t worry if you don’t. You are not alone. Not many people understand all the intricacies of “textspeak”. Textspeak /ˈtɛkstspiːk/ is a style of writing which some people use in text messages. It consists of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, and so on. Here is a page from … Continue Reading


There is this word that I found very interesting, I have heard it a few times on TV. We all know about it, although we had no idea there was a word for it. :)

Euratechnopolys day

A couple of weeks ago I attended an event called “Euratechnopolys day” in Marcq-en-Baroeul Lomme. I went there on foot (as usual) following Google Maps’ instructions but I ended up in the middle of nowhere. It took me around 30 minutes to find the place. When I finally got there, I was warmly welcomed by … Continue Reading