txt speak is evil, and I’ve never understood how LOLCatz became popular. That’s not sour grapes, it’s the ranting of a man who adores English. I may not be able to spell, but I have a better vocabulary than Highlights for Kids, and expect as much from anyone over 16. The internet is a scene where language dies for communication.
Not that the inteernet deserves all of the blame, of course. Humans are lazy creatures, with a finite amount of energy and seemingly unlimited demands placed on it. Evolution teaches us to conserve that energy when possible. It’s not that talking to one another requries much energy to be spent, of course, but we took 10s of thousands of years to become physically accustomed to speech (think the cave at the roof of your mouth). Text messaging isn’t run by muscle memory yet.
It is interesting to note, however, the great difference between typing speed (which at least the keyboard is designed well) and texting speed. Unencumbered by the mechanics of the process, people can actually express themselves on a keyboard. Put simply, the web isn’t limited to a 10 key pad with 3 letters per digit. While the behavior is acceptable within the confines of a mobile phone, we on the wide world of web know better.