Highly Compressed Email Language Will Be Mainstream

A lot of email is pretty informal. We insert things like "BTW" and "IMHO" all the time.

But it’s nothing like as compressed as SMS messages. Here, almost every word seems to be shortened, as in "b4n" and "Grt 2 cu2 day, luv u"

There was the recent case of a girl who got a zero mark for writing an essay in SMS language like this. Fair enough, the essay format will probably remain far more formal. But my hunch is that it’ll be acceptable, including for business use, for email to get more and more informal, so that the email of tomorrow will be commonly be SMS-like.

David Ferris

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