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Do you speak Netspeak? Here’s a quick guide

?4U. 1DR if it’s gonna be ADP 2D. WYWH. TTYL.

What would you think if you got this text message from your Internet-savvy friend? Did she have her fingers on the wrong keys?

Actually, your friend is using abbreviations that have developed over time to make it easier and faster to communicate with your BFF—that’s Best Friend Forever. Her message to you says:

“I have a question for you. I wonder if it’s gonna be another day in Paradise today. Wish you were here. Talk to you later.”

phone Messaging

You’ll run into this new language of chatting not just in phone text messages but on Facebook and Twitter, in instant messages, email, chat rooms and discussion boards. Let’s call it Netspeak, a term coined by philologists. Your grandchildren probably are quite fluent in slinging Netspeak slang across the Net. Their parents might know the most common abbreviations, but kids are expanding the vocabulary of Netspeak rapidly so they can chat privately with each other.

Every generation has its own special lingo. Did you ever use expressions like “groovy,” “That’s a gas” and “See you later, alligator”? Many of the expressions kids coined when they were growing up in the 1960s have become a permanent part of the language, but back then, they were a smoke screen between kids and their parents. So when you told a friend that you went to the submarine races last night, you were concealing from your folks what you really did.


Netspeak grew out of the era when phones weren’t as smart as they are now and didn’t have complete keyboards. Instead they were set up with three letters below each number. To text, you had to press the number key several times to input a letter. Using acronyms instead of whole words was a way to make communication easier and more efficient. Then, too, abbreviations like ASAP, DYI and FYI have been common in written communications for decades.

Netspeak generally is made up of acronyms like BRB (Be Right Back) that are pretty easy to figure out from the context. IRL (In Real LIFE), they’re usually not used as predominantly as in our original example, but instead woven here and there into messages and posts. Numbers sometimes substitute for words, as in B4N (Bye For Now) and L8R (later).

If you doubt that Netspeak is a genuine language, consider that it’s been the subject of academic studies and that there are online dictionaries—one of which, Webopedia, defines more than 1,400 abbreviations.

Common Netspeak Abbreviations

FWIW (For What It’s Worth), here’s a list of some of the most commonly used expressions in the Netspeak vocabulary:

    Netspeak questions
  • BFF: Best friend forever
  • BRB: Be right back
  • BTW: By the way
  • IMHO: In my humble opinion
  • LOL: Laughing out loud or Lots of Love
  • SWAK: Sealed/Sent with a kiss
  • F2F: Face to face
  • ISO: In search of
  • IKR: I know, right?
  • RBTL: Read between the lines
  • TMI: Too much information
  • VBG: Very big grin
  • XOXOXO: Hugs and kisses
  • ZUP: What’s up?
  • EM or PM me: Email or Private Message me
  • 143: I love you.
  • ZZZ: Tired or bored.

If you run into a Netspeak expression you can’t ??? (understand), check out (Translate It), where you can enter a term and find out what it means.


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Independent Living

Independent Living Homes and Apartments


What is independent living?

Independent living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

When referring to retirement communities, independent living describes a house or apartment home in an age-restricted community setting designed for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as an apartment in a stand-alone building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, including access to a continuum of health care should you need those services in the future.

Our independent living apartments, villas, and cottages set the standard for distinctive retirement living. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a spacious, thoughtfully designed homes. Comfort and peace of mind are the focus of our independent living homes, with features such as a private balcony or patio, lovely views, a well-equipped kitchen, generous closets and storage, and many other amenities.

A wide selection of independent living apartments and homes is available at all of The Loomis Communities. Whichever of our communities you choose, you’ll find neighbors who become friends, and plenty of space for your treasured possessions. The Loomis Communities offers everything you need to create a healthy, happy, active retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living


What is assisted living?

Assisted living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

Assisted living offers a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for you if you do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on your own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. A variety of activities and social events, as well as transportation, cleaning, and laundry services, also are typical features of assisted living. The Loomis Communities provides assisted living as part of a comprehensive continuum of care, while many organizations only provide one level of assistance.

Our assisted living features private apartments that residents furnish with their own personal treasures, providing all the comforts of home. Our studio and one-bedroom apartments provide a place where residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) can truly enjoy life. Caregivers are available to help residents with activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and medication management. The intimate residential design of assisted living allows our staff to get to know and understand the needs and desires of residents and their families.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Care


What do all these terms mean: home care, skilled nursing care, licensed skilled care, and long-term care?

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are available at the following Loomis Community:

Nursing homes are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offer furnished rooms and health services to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight but do not require hospitalization. This is called skilled nursing care. Our communities provide skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation, complex medical care, and long-term care. Oversight is provided by licensed professional nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. A comprehensive therapy department is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The Loomis Communities nursing homes are designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing offers licensed, skilled nursing care in a cozy and supportive environment. Both our nursing centers are Medicare and Medicaid-certified and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. The Loomis House nursing center also offers specialized dementia care. Our compassionate staff delivers care with respect and dignity.


What is rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, or short-term rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is available at the following Loomis Community:

The Loomis Communities offer rehabilitation services with a staff of professionals. Our physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and gourmet chefs, work as a team to get you back home. We complete a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized care plans to manage residents’ physical, social, and emotional concerns.

Our unique approach promotes independence and a rapid return home after rehabilitation from a broad range of surgical procedures, injuries, and illness.

Our nursing center, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing is Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing received a 5-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Person-Centered Long-term Care. This mark of excellence means that we have been recognized as a provider of quality care for your loved one that meets state-of-the-art, international standards of performance.

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

Gabrielle Thomes,
413-782-1800, ext. 5850, or

Applewood Senior Independent Living in Amherst MA
Loomis Lakeside CCRC Springfield MA
Loomis Village Senior Living South Hadley