With the popularity of texting becoming so prevalent in our society today English professors, linguists and high school teachers are concerned the English language will never recuperate from the shortened spelling scourge bastardizing our language nation wide.
"So r u cmg ovr?" is hardly a sentence, its blasphemy to our established English language. If this trend continues our youth will not know how to write a "normal" sentence." Said one concerned high school English teacher.
Here are some more examples from Wikipedia:
Are you going to the pub tonight? (33 characters)
ru goin pub 2nyt? (15 characters - less than 1/2 the amount of original characters)
Hi mate. Are you okay? I am sorry that I forgot to call you last night. Why don't we go and see a film tomorrow? (120 characters)
hi m8 r u k? sry 4gt 2 cal u lst nyt. Y dnt we go c flm 2moz? (59 characters - less than 1/2 the amount of original characters)
In the movie Blade Runner there was a fictitious language called, city speak, it was a high bred of Spanish English and street slang. The language is indecipherable to regular English speaking people. To the street people and low income citizens it's a barrier between the haves and the have nots. A code if you will.
A study done in the 80's revealed a sub culture language called, crib talk, it was practiced by gang members drug dealers and users, example, hizo o d pznat, translates to, "put a hit on the pipe." Studies were done by a Yale University group that observed 30 minute conversations between ghetto residents and the scientists couldn't understand a word.
So where's Texting heading us? LOL, IMHO, SYL, LMFAO should give you a clue as to the direction we're headed. Conversations will be more stenographer based than traditional sentence/paragraph status quo.