I don't watch the morning shows too much, but when I went to my Moms the other day, the TV was on, and the local show had two women talking about texting, and the foreshortened terms and spelling used.
The one was a mother of a 13 year old, and was absolutely upset because her daughter had written a birthday card to a friend of the same age, and had written it out text-like. Then it lead to a discussion of the poor state of language, and I believe I left before it became a treatise on the downfall of Western Civilization.
OK, here's where I am sort of on the kid's side, rather than the Mom's. It was another kid she was writing to. It was a birthday card, usually not what we write long missives or spout pages of Shakespeare, right? In fact, most of mine from friends, are either "Happy Birthday, Love X", or just "Love, X". If I was a 13 year old, I don't think something like "Hpy BD, BFF!" would send me to bouts of dark depression. Now, if it had been a school report, or a letter to a grandparent, I might have been more on Mom's side, but I guess, in context, it seemed rather silly.
I then proceeded to try and think if, and how many of the 'text' things I could actually come up with.
BFF - Best Friend Forever
B4 - before
YMMV - Your mileage may vary (usually in patterns on the knitting chats I read)
IMO, IMHO - In My Opinion, In My Humble Opinion
POS - Parents over Shoulder. (Except in one of Husband's Machinist groups, they tend to use it as Piece Of Sh*t)
LOL - Laugh Out Loud
ROFL - Rolling On the Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO - Rolling On the Floor Laughing My A** Off.
TTFN - Ta Ta For Now.
(The spell check is having heart failure at this moment...)
I am sure I could come up with others, w00t, and things like that, but anyway, I guess my thought is, I use some of these very same terms as an adult when emailing, or even on rare occasion, LOL to a friend in my letters. Do any of you use these terms? Do you know any that I haven't put down? (I like to learn them...)
The irony, I think, is that as a ham radio operator, shortened words have been in use for a LONG time before the computer kids got a hold of it...
So, 73's*, TTFN!
* Best Regards, common ending for "ham" radio contact.