How many times when growing up did your parents lecture you about pronunciation should you ever start sounding like a character out of Eastenders? Why is it these same people will happily bash the words "Wanna meet 4 a T or C?" into their oversized Nokia 3310 when they mean "Do you have time to meet up for a tea or coffee?"
At the weekend it was my girlfriend who received a 'cool' text message from her mum. It read: "Wat u up 2?" At the time I was taking her for a drive around the South Wales coast in the new Renault Megane Coupé-Cabriolet, so she wrote back (with a bit of encouragement from me): "At the beach topless!"