One thing you may have noticed about my posts - and any emails you may have exchanged with me - is that I try hard to write grammatical, correctly-spelled, correctly-punctuated, unabbreviated English. Call me a pedant if you will, but I can't bring myself to murder the language.
So my posts look like essays. And my emails look like old fashioned letters, beginning 'Dear So-and-So...' and they have a proper ending. I like to use a wide, intelligent vocabulary. And I prefer to avoid jargon, acronyms and lewd expressions. I dare say that here and there a few spelling mistakes creep in, but it's not in my nature to be slapdash where written work is concerned. People unsympathetic to me might dismiss my posts as deluded tosh, but they have no grounds to say they are badly written!
Incidentally I'm not claiming any great virtue for myself here. Many other bloggers clearly observe a similar standard. So I wonder how many feel as I do about certain typing tricks that seem to have originated in the early days of phone texting, but have now spread to messages and posts sent out from a desktop machine using a proper keyboard. They are all unnecessary.
I mean for example the irritating use of '4 U' for 'for you' and 'gr8' for 'great', and those strange obscure sideways-on facial expressions such as :) or :( or ;~ which I find so hard to interpret, and acronyms like IMHO (whoever voiced a humble opinion? Or is that an honest opinion? Who can tell?) or LOL (the one I dislike most - does it mean laughing out loud, and if so, in a jovial or jeering manner? Or does it mean lots of love?). Frankly, if you want to say 'Oh My God!' then it has far more impact when written out in full than 'OMG' has. So why not write out the full seven letters and two spaces? It doesn't take any effort, really, and it's not as if you're trying to save paper, is it? Or are you coy about mentioning the Deity?
There is surely something euthemistic about all this abbreviating that veils and softens the meaning, and hides it from immediate comprehension. What motive would anyone have for being so enigmatic? It isn't clever and it isn't honest. It certainly isn't clear.
I say away with the whole lot.