Eish, call me a fuddy duddy - but hell, the English language is getting mutilated these days. I hadn't been aware of how far we'd plunged into the abyss of contractions - "gr8" and "c u ltr" and "2moro" I can live with in sms-land . But when just about every word on ou's FB pages is in mixit type text or just kakkly spelt, it really gets to me.
Fair 'snuff when you have to fit your thoughts into a 120 character sms and it's gonna (!) cost you $$ to be more verbose; and I guess FB messages also have character limits - but hey, if you're just penning a sentence there's no flipping reason to not spell correctly!? Are the 0.003 seconds saved by leaving out a few letters and punctuation going to mean the difference between life & death? Geesh, imagine being an English teacher these days - you must rip your hair out! I'm not the world's best speller either, but I still think there's some basics we should try and aim for!
The ou's aren't doff, I just think they're just lazy! The pace of the world is set to mach 10, so 'spose (!) by shortening our prose we reckon we're saving time ("saving you money, putting you first" -wasn't that a Std Bank ad?)
Guess it's just natural that language evolves (although that might be a debatable term) - we no longer sprout Shakespearean English, and good 'ol Will is no doubt writhing in his grave right now. So yah, maybe SMS speak is here to stay. Nonetheless, poor spelling and grammer will still continue to offend my senses like a dude wearing socks with his croc's.
But den mayb im jus n old fart dat hasnt got wid da program....