Ah, the beauty and accuracy of this quote. The true decision makers in business and in the world tend not to respect (or even acknowledge)text-speak. Perhaps in 30 years the CEO will regularly close the annual report with "C U M8" but I doubt it. More likely it will be seen as a silly little thing that "those kids in the 00's" use to do. Just like the 1980's musical neckties and Max Headroom - oooh, rem-mem-mem-mem-memberrrrr himmmmmmm? - the text-speak is a trendy function of the technology. When keyboards are replaced by true voice recognition, there will be no need for "C U L8R", "ROFL", "ROFLMAO", or "TTSLADF" (for the curious that last one means 'Typing Text-Speak Like a Durn Fool'). No, when the technology makes the next jump there will be plenty of programs that immediately punctuate, capitalize and grammar check to the King's English. Until then, I'll give text-speak the same due that I gave green plaid trousers in the 1970s.Originally posted by John LeBlanc:
For a number of years I conducted technical interviews for a top headhunter group. There were lots of brilliant programmers who lost out on six-figure positions because they didn't find it worth the effort to communicate appropriately for the corporate world.
But at least no one's stepping on their right to free expression! (Or at least lower-pay expression.)
"TTFN - Ta ta for now" - Tigger, to Winnie the Pooh, circa 1972.