More than 22 million text messages are sent across the world every day ... many in truly terrible English. It's the end of the world as we know it, many decry. The decline and fall of written language means the end for us all, right? Not so fast. Linguist John McWhorter has a great new theory on what's really going on in modern texting.
The linguistic miracle of texting: John McWhorter at TED2013
I admit that emoticons and LOL have crept into my e-mail. McWhorter may see this phenomenon as a linguistic miracle and, as a linguistics major, I try very hard to accept evolution but I do wonder if it makes people take me less seriously, when I slip up and include web-speak. :-(