The E-mail message arrives in the computer: hi--luvd your last messg/made me LOL. Lets get togther over lnch. soon.
The New Age of Communication could render good spelling obsolete. Electronic mail--computer-generated messages that zip through phone lines to computer "mailboxes" all over the world--tends to emphasize content, not form.
"E-mail is a more informal use altogether. The message is important, the presentation is not," says Dennis Baron, a professor of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana. "Conventions of correctness are usually suspended. What we're seeing is the democratization of communication."
E-mail message writers don't use letterheads. They don't formally sign their names. They don't necessarily capitalize letters. They use shorthand ("LOL" means "laugh out loud") and they don't necessarily spell properly.