(2) John #McWhorter reminded me of that:
My favorite linguist says that the development of texting language "has been one of the most revolutionary things I have seen in my life" because of how comfortable and easy it made writing:
(paraph) "Before, when you wrote you were afraid of breaking all these rules."
Today, we think nothing of informally writing toots, blogs, math, READMEs, tech Q&As, Markdown…!
Writing doesn't need ties/hats any more, thanks to "LOL".