The more things change, the more they stay the same. As we age, we romanticize our youth and our history, We forget what is was really like and gloss over imperfections. People were nicer back then and blah blah blah. The thing is, humans are basically the same creatures as we always were. Here is a great article showing the speech/writing habits for telegraph operators in 1902. They seem awful close to other shortened language forms.
I wonder how Text speak will be viewed in 2102.
Below is a sample with translations.
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