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Is SMS texting ruining the English language?

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SMS-Texting My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :-@ kids FTF. ILNY, it’s a gr8 plc.

The great English language, with its power to move and to anger, to frighten and to perplex, to amuse and to inspire, to change the course of history, is being debased into some moronic machine code by this mind-numbing new form of communication called SMS texting.

What has happened to the passion and power of a well written letter?

The use of these abbreviations allows the user to avoid having to spell correctly and masks their ignorance of the language and its usage.

Have your say, what do you think? Am I wrong?