Oh my God, dont tell me you also hate the internet jargon!
I've been on very geeky forums for almost 6 years now, that isn't internet jargon and the internet frowns very much on it. leet (elite/1337) is an internet font, but not jargon either. Internet jargon more closely resembles memes. For example, 'o rly', 'ftw', and 'all your base are belong to us'. Spelling of 'you' as 'u' may be common on some
forums, but on geeky and less social forums, that are frowned upon.
It´s like the latest trend! Even my violin teacher uses it! I don´t consider it to be wrong, nor a misuse of language.
It has been around since probably around 1992-1998.
I simply consider it to be a way of abbreviating, making absolutely clear what I mean when using them.
If you truly wish to make things clear, avoid it. I always have to reread posts that have such abbreviations to make sure I understand properly. I often have to scour the post to see if commas or full stops (periods) have been omitted that change the meaning of a sentence.
It is actually VERY common to see internet jargon, including "formal" abbreviations nowadays, even in this very forum.
I assure you it isn't common here. I remember a maximum of about 5 posters who do it out of... what?... 1400 (guess). Not to mention that abbreviations are not internet jargon, they are chatroom jargon.
Why stigmatize? Its kinda (sorry, kind of) like stopping evolution.
To be honest it is closer to Newspeak
Listen to some Jazz too, or some other music; sometimes the musicians play a bit off key. But, havent you?
That isn't a valid analogy.
P.S. I hope you do understand the definition of sarcasm.
There is absolutely no need for such aggressive behaviour here. None of us are forcing you to write in a correct way, we are merely asking you to. That is why I said I wasn't acting as an admin when I said what I said. I don't want to control you, but it is considerate to write correctly here.
Aye, that's so. Whether or not you want to pursue a career in linguistics, it's a fascinating field, and the introductory courses I've seen tend to be quite good & broad.
(And I'm *not* an expert, just an enthusiast.)
I to find the subject very interesting, it's just a shame that I don't have time to pursue any form of study in the subject.