Question about Grammar

I've noticed a lot lately, people using their internet grammar (not just here), and then defending it when they get criticized for it by saying something along the lines of, "wat r u a teacher?" or, "idc im not n scool rite now." So I have two questions about it, one for our adult members who grew up before the internet, and one for our current youth members.

For the adults:

Did kids tend to use proper grammar outside of school as you were growing up, or did they use the same sort of excuses for poor spelling and grammar? I guess this applies mostly to letters and notes to each other.

For the youth:

Do your peers use the same abbreviations in written communication outside of school as they do online or in text messages? Also, how predominately to you see internet speak used around you, compared to those who use proper grammar and spelling?

Thanks! I look forward to any input you have on the topic.

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Labot20018 years ago
Some of my friends and I write notes to each other, and we use some internet slang/abbreviations mainly for lulz, but use proper grammar otherwise. Also in normal conversation we may use internet slang for humor, such as saying "lol" (not L-O-L, but pronouncing "lol" phonetically) when something is funny, or "WTF?" None of my friends use abbreviations or internet slang in papers or essays, though. Just your usual they're/their type mistakes.
NachoMahma8 years ago
. We used (and I still do) a lot of improper English (ain't, wrong verb tense, &c) in oral communications. Didn't use near as many abbreviations and purposeful misspellings when writing, but, as others have mentioned, we weren't usually limited on space. Most abbreviations/acronyms were specific to a clique and used to obfuscate to outsiders. . Any form of communication is OK as long as it is legible to the intended audience, but don't expect me to spend much time trying to decipher leet-speak/&c or very bad grammar/spelling.
About the same here. Improper grammar in informal situations is pretty standard. Hoverver, lots of acronyms and misspellings in written form are a bit tiresome to me. If the audience gets it, that's fine, but one might lose a large readership (to l33tspeak) when proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar would have kept the attention of most people.
I spell properly in everything really, even texts, which probably means I use a few extra texts now and again but not really a problem to me... I understand text language but hate the way it looks and reads, I know it's handier to write and all that but when I get a text like "soz hav 2 go 2 wrk ttyl" I want to set fire to people, I just like it that way and will stick to real spelling even in my epic essay texts that usually follow arguments...
"Soz," was always the one abbreviation that didn't make sense. Where does the "Z" come from in, "Sorry"?
Soz means sorry... Ugh, my brother sends the worst ones, lets just say dyslexia and text language shouldn't get in bed with each other, the result takes a few minutes to process as you work backwards through the logic, those that don't know him need not apply...
I know what it means...but it just doesn't make sense. The rest of the abbreviations at least have a logical explanation. Acronyms, homonyms, etc. "Soz" is none of the above.
Ugh I don't honestly know, it's just one that appeared over time... One thing that's an issue is words that abbreviate similarly and are left up to guess work... Granted T9's a big enough threat on its own, not that I use it, another problem being that there are variations on text language and people may not understand it, along with the practice of knocking random vowels out of words to abbreviate...
It may be like shortening Barry to Baz, or Chester (or Chadwick) to Chaz. I've heard it used in a few localities, and it's something I just get used to.
lolz. Zomg. Soz, lulz, don't make sense what so ever. Where does the Z come in?
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