I have it on good authority (Death Star PR on Twitter), that OMG, LOL and FYI have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
I get speed, I really do. I’m hugely impatient and always in a hurry (fine, running late) so I love the simplicity and common understanding of abbreviations, or initialisms. I have warmly accepted FYI, ASAP, GTF, OYB, P.S, NB and WWMD/BD (What would Madonna do/Buffy do?) and frequently scream “WTF!” at cyclists, toddlers, men who spit in the street and people who don’t pick their feet up when they’re walking. In a good mood, I may even throw you a LMAO and LMFAO, ROFL, LOL, L8R and IMHO, but don’t hold your breath. I remember at primary school when you had to send valentine cards to everyone and on the back of the envelopes were any number of abbreviations: HOLLAND, SWALK and one chap wrote on the back of my card: ‘2YSUR, 2YSUB, ICUR 2YS4ME.’
So you see, way back in the 1970s us kids were abbreviatin’ and hangin’ out. Textese does not phase me in the slightest although I seem to have a natural resistance to text-based emoticons. :) ;) :D : x : o and so on and so forth. They don’t look like faces at all. Unless you tilt your head to the side and pretend you are six.
But this embracing of modern abbreviated speech has to stop somewhere and for me it’s TLDR – ‘Too Long Didn’t Read’. It’s like saying KNIETDCPO – ‘knitting needle in eye too deep, can’t pull out’. Too long, didn’t read yet somehow in your fun packed life that doesn’t allow you to read, you found the time to post a comment. Let’s not go into serial commenters here.
If you are reading this post, chances are you won’t finish it. : (