OMG text turns 20 2day: Take our Anniversary Quiz

On this date 20 years ago, test engineer Neil Papworth sent the words ‘Merry Christmas’ from his computer to Richard Jarvis over the Vodafone network at a staff Christmas party. These two little words unknowingly marked the arrival of the text.

So to mark this historic day, and celebrate it in the festive tradition in which it was born, The Drum has devised a little Text Quiz for the tech savvy among you.

If you know LOL means Laugh Out Loud and not, as PM David Cameron thought, Lots Of Love then an early Christmas present from Wiley’s Books could be heading your way.

Send your answers to and we'll highlight the best scores later today, and award some prizes too.

Updated: The Answers are in the comment section below.

Round 1- Txt Spk: what do these abbreviations stand for?

1. BRB - 2. ROTFLMAO – 3. FWIW - 4. WYWH - 5. DILLIGAS - 6. MHOTY -

Round 2- Guess the smiley

1. :-)2. :-*3. :-$4. :-&5. %-)6. *<|:-)

Round 3 – General Knowledge

1. How many texts did we send last year (a) 90 million (b) 50.8 billion (c) 8.1 trillion? 2. Amazingly, 27% of people think it’s ok to text (a) at the table (b) in the toilet (c) in the bedroom3. Every year text messaging earns telecom companies about (a) $50million (b)$70 billion (c) $1 trillion4. Sonja Kristiansen holds the World Record for texting “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human”. What was her time (a)14.58 seconds (b) 37.28 seconds (c) 55 seconds

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Jen Faull is deputy news editor at The Drum with a remit to cover the latest developments in the retail and FMCG sectors. Based in London, she has interviewed major business figures including top marketers from Mondelez, Unilever, Tesco, and Lidl.

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