Outside of text messages, the occasional brief email and maybe short written notes, I ABHOR text speak. I literally stop reading. Its so time consumming to read and just plain lazy to write. I think any encouragement to use it/lax regulations in schools is a crime against language, against art, against society. I am a stickler for grammar, punctuation and correct spelling (go on find the mistakes now I know you want to - I don't doubt their existence ) even though I am a poor speller and not particularly good at editing grammatical errors. I have to make an effort so that the meaning of my words can be properly understood. Why can't others pay me the same courtesy? I hate the excuse about the English language being difficult to spell. I learned, so have many others before me. Its not easy, it takes work and the learning never ends. If you find it difficult, TOO FREAKING BAD! If you prefer text-speak, at least learn the correct way first. The 'skill' will be of great use to you in life.