2b / not 2b?

English iis a complex language: it has ‘evolved’ over hundreds, if not thousands of years into a ttoung nnow spoken widely around the worrld. Thanks largely to the british empire, it, along with french, is the language of business and deplomacy.

It is also the language of the net, and here is where the gradual metamorphosis all languages go through has been quickened. Enlish, when used on the web, is constantly becoming truncated – wordss are becoming shorter through laxiness; sentences are reduced to three letters; emotions are reduced to a mere two symbols.

Although I must admitt to using this new “web lafnguage”, i cannot help but think it extremely vulgar. this ims the tounge used by hShakespeare, Wordsworth and Chaucer, reduced like a pot-noodle, to it’s bane bones, void of beauty.

And yet, as all things change over time, so must english. Indeed, no doubt chaucer would have thought shakespeare’s lannguage coarse, and Shaakespare Wordsworth’s. Thus, rather than bemoaning the dawn of web-language, we should welcome it as another step along the linguistic evolutionarry trail.

Although i think it will be some time before we see emoticons in the broadsheets or in books, i wlose by saying: c u l8r!

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