I was old enough, or curmudgeonly enough, when texting became popular that I refused to use slang and abbreviations like u and and 4 and ttyl, even as I scoffed at fusty journalists who were diligently explaining the new lingo to my parents’ generation. As a writer, I try to be fastidious about my use of language regardless of the platform, and I don’t see any reason I shouldn’t condense my thoughts if they won’t fit the constraints of the genre. Typos? I hate to receive them, so I try my best not to give them.
However, I now have a touch-screen phone, and my resolve is softening. Not on the text slang front; I’d feel much too ridiculous (though for a time I used “yr” since I’d read it in some of Ezra Pound’s letters and figured it had provenance).
But oh, my clumsy fingers! The letters slip between them and are lost, and I am growing tired of trying to reposition my cursor to correct them. Which means… I guess I understand why text slang was invented.
Do you use it?