I hope this doesn't get dismissed as pure "grammar nazi, LOL", because while language is in a constant state of change, it doesn't mean the change can't be objectively negative.
The "Grammar Nazi Fags" will never die out, because we know that English without proper grammar and/or spelling is a shit language. Honestly, if text-speak became the pure form of English, I will go on a murder rampage. I will lead the Grammar Nazi Revolution.
Text-speak may win the first battle, but we will beat the shit out of them once they do.
Language is a tool. As long as it gets the message across, anything goes. But, your language carries more information than you might want to send. To illustrate this, the sentence
Hi how r u i saw you drivin in town today whos car was that?
Roughly translates to:
Hi, how are you? I saw you driving in town today, whose car was that? I am a retard, but I guess you already know that.
OMG LOL are exceptions. When it gets to the point where your whole sentence looks like random letters spaced together people like me will read it like a slowpoke and go a little blind in the process.
I know what you’re thinking: A Chinese guy bemoaning the death of the English language? That’s crazy! But you’re a racist.
I do agree that language is a tool and that as long as it gets the job done, it doesn't really matter what it looks or sounds like; but I also agree that
We’d evrythng bef. us, We’d nthng bef. us, we were all go㏌g drct to hvn, we were all go㏌g drct the other way — in shrt, the prd was so far like the pr. prd, that some of its nsst athrts insstd on its being rcvd, for good or for evil, in the sprl. dgr of cmprsn only.
Makes Dickens, one of the most talented and eloquent English writers ever, sound like a babbling, mentally disabled elephant.
@Chestnut_Rice: Yes, yes... Yes. It's a cultural thing, you see. It's not only the meaning that carries the message, but the form as well. What we see here is a cultural discrepancy. On one side we have the lolspeak culture element, and on the other we have the standard language culture.
To members of lolspeak culture, usage of the standard language implies overly formal, 'old' attitude, the qualities they consider unwanted. Lolspeaking on the other hand is cool, friendly and whatever they intended it to be.
To those still speaking proper English, lolspeak is something you'd do if you wanted to show ultimate disrespect to the person you're trying to communicate with.
One cannot simply discard either of the views just because of the bias, but it's obvious that, being backed up by centuries of everyday use, proper English is way richer in expression and more convenient in conveying all sorts of messages than lolspeak, and is therefore an obvious choice to mentally capable members of the community.
English really is unique in that multiple words have several shades of meanings in different context and a propensity to have multiple words for essentially the same thing. Get rid of the spelling and suddenly all those meanings and shades disappear, and that's really unfortunate.
I wouldn't really mind actually if some one managed to find a way to shorten words but also keep different spellings and meanings. That'd be quite fantastic.
There is a limit to how many information you can pack in a certain language. Chinese did what you suggested, having thousands of characters as a tradeoff. In spoken language, we're ultimately limited by the set of sounds we can create, recognize and string into sentences efficiently. We're still way cooler than computers, though.