John McWhorter recently gave a Ted Talk on text speak. I’m not usually a fan of the TED presentation format yet I thought John pulled off an informative talk without resorting to the usual hyperbole. What really grabbed me was the notion that language snobs have existed for almost as long as language itself. Overly anal Grammarians take note, text-speak is just a recent change in a long history of changes to the English language. LOL indeed.