Now I know you’re excited and can’t wait to dive into your new world of textual exploration but slow down. The first mistake was hunting down a phone number on Facebook like Joey Greco from Cheaters but that’s a whole other set of issues.Her text was “UGH” and he responded with the word “Pic.” Was she really going to say “Wow, this stalker found my number, revealed who he was to my dismay, and now he wants a provocative picture of me? ” To make matters even worse, he waits ten hours or so and this time puts PIC in all caps like maybe yelling it in her face will change her mind.This is legal dynamite - and in one single judgment catapults the UK to the back of the queue on a range of international indices on freedom of speech.The change to the law - or clarification as judges might describe it - came about in February when the Appeal Court ruled on a prosecution appeal in respect of an individual identified only as "GS".Here are some tips on how to talk dirty to your lover, whether it's during the act of making love, or through sexy text messages, emails or love poems.Miss your friends but can’t meet up with them because of your conflicting schedules?The case has been wending its way through the legal system since April 2010, when GS was charged with nine counts of publishing an obscene article contrary to section 2(1) of the Obscene Publications Act 1959, and one count of possessing an indecent image.What was particularly innovative was that the material in question was a series of text logs of online chats between GS and one other individual.
Remember the characters you grew up watching and even emulating as teens or kids?Wanting to catch up with each other, but your friends are miles away? Because of the power of texting, you can connect with your friends even if you’re not even in the same room—and you can have just as much fun, if not more!And if you’re missing those good old times of goofing around with them, you can still do that all through texting.You could be committing a criminal offence next time you discuss your deepest fantasies with someone online. That means it is therefore perfectly possible for the content of online chat, should a jury decide that it is capable of "depraving or corrupting", to be judged "obscene" - and as such for one or both participants in that conversation to be guilty of a criminal offence that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, and a stint on the sex offenders' register. A ruling slipped out quietly by the Appeal Court earlier this year, and lurking in the background while the substantive case to which it applied came to court, makes it plain: the act of publishing as defined within the Obscene Publications Act can take place with an audience of just one individual.This unique form of language is called text speak (or ‘txtspk’) for online, chat, SMS and lingo.