Using Numbers To Say Words (e.g., 5201314)

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Saying Words with Numbers

Everyone knows that numbers are commonly used as letters in text speak and in internet passwords. What is less known, however, is that numbers are also used to represent whole words due to how they sound.

A good example of this is the term 555, which means "ha, ha, ha" or laughing. This works because the Thai word for 5 is "ha." Therefore, 555 is "ha, ha, ha."

Love Messages Using Numbers in Chinese

Using numbers for their sound is common in Chinese text slang between partners. When the numbers below are read in Chinese, they sound remarkably like the Chinese for the term shown to the right.
521I do.
520I love you.
530I miss you.
3456Missing you is useless.
35925If you miss me, love me.
51921I still love you.
220225Love you, love me.
246437Love is a miracle.
5201314I will love you forever.

Using Numbers for Letters and To Say Words

Here is a short video explaining how numbers are used as letters and used to say words:

Numbers Used As Letters

For completeness, here is a list showing which numbers represent which letters in texting and social-media apps:
0O or D
1I
2Z
3E
4h or A
5S
6g or q
7L or t
8B
9G or b
Read more about using numbers in texting and messaging.

Writing Words with a Calculator

Using numbers in texting and messaging is not new. Here is a list of common words that children since the 1950s have been producing using their calculators. With these numbers, the terms only work when the calculator is shown upside down. (Note: A decimal point is used whenever the first number is a zero, otherwise the zero disappears.)
38BE
338BEE
0.08BOO
8008BOOB
55378BLESS
0.208BOZO
993EGG
339GEE
379919GIGGLE
378809GOBBLE
53177187714HILLBILLIES
500791IGLOOS
937LEG
907LOG
707LOL
53507LOSES
3080OBOE
710OIL
53045SHOES
8075SLOB
words on a calculator

See Also

520 (I love you) 521 (I do) 530 (I miss you) 3456 (Missing you is useless) 35925 (If you miss me, love me) 51921 (I still love you) 220225 (Love you, love me) 246437 (Love is a miracle) 5201314 (I love you forever)