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For those attempting to trace the evolution of the txt dialect:

In 1962, abbreviations such as "tx" (thanks), "txt" (text) "pls" (please) and other highly common abbreviations that we all know and love from our mobiles were being used by my mother, working as a Telex operator. (For those who [dare I suppose it?] don't know, Telex operated via the telephone lines, and was similar to a telegram but business-to-business. Punchcard-era technology, although it had similarities to modern IRC and other chats.) I think we can safely say that ten to fifteen years is a slightly conservative estimate for the evolution of this particular dialect. (And as for the comments about grammarians espousing 'correct' or 'proper' usage - I don't want to start an involved debate here, because it's been done to death elsewhere, but most modern, practising grammarians will tell you that, for you, 'correct' or 'proper' English is the English you speak. "Yours Faithfully, Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" is not a grammarian, he is merely a pedant, although the two are easily confused.) -HW


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