I remember writing coded messages to friends in junior high. We would make symbols stand for words. Of course only a chosen few knew the code.
We didn't have cell phones back then. Just paper folded up into neat shapes. But the motivation was just the same. Keep those nasty adults and everyone else that's not cool away from OUR business-- our business that's so INCREDIBLY dramatic & deathly important.
Can you read the following message, in teen speak text messaging? (perhaps there's a few 20 somethings that can decipher the note too)
WU TOY W/E WYGOWM? ZZZ CU
*****Translation for the middle-aged, parents/ teachers, old farts, others
"What's up? Thinking of you. Whatever. Will you go out with me? I'm bored. See you."