"Typing onto screens is becoming a dominant driving force behind the evolution of language, and this has brought vast ingenuity to bear on turning typed language into a medium as efficiently dynamic as spoken language itself."
"Beyond these lie many hundreds of increasingly baroque versions, targeting particular groups, services, ideas and idiolects – and extending deep into the cultural mainstream. One of the best-selling dance music bands of recent years is called LMFAO (slightly too profane to spell out in full here). In a still more typing-centric move, there's even a British indie band whose name, Δ, is pronounced "Alt-J" courtesy of a shortcut on the Apple keyboard used to produce the symbol for their name."
"Together, the "z" ending and deliberate misspelling of "lol" as "lul" denote a subversive strand in online culture. As embodied in the name of the notorious hackers' collective, LulzSec (standing for "Lulz Security" and boasting the motto "the world's leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense"), to do things "for the lulz" is to act in a spirit of anarchistic-bordering-on-nihilistic delight."
New Scientist (sub required)
and then there are the countless emoticons - another modern addition to language. Photo Credit