If you are anything like me, you are quite particular about the rules of grammar and spelling. For the past decade or so the internet is consistently morphing what was English into unrecognizable dialects that is generally called “Leet.”
I have been fascinated with the relatively quick morphing of simple sentence structures, the quick changes in spelling of simple words, and the disregard for casing tenses in any appropriate way. At first, I was angered at this blatant disrespect for English convention. But, after much reflecting over what a linguist would think, and after remembering that English is a mutt of a language in itself, I felt the need to stop our disdain and embrace this budding cultural treasure.
This is why I have decided to start APEIL.
I believe my reasoning is clear: why demoralize such a sapling of culture simply because it is new and different? Why don’t we embrace this Internet Lingo as a child dialect and nurture its growth on the internet? Why don’t we consider Internet Lingo speakers as a dialect of English and not condemn them for their courageous ingenuity?
Instead of saying, “Wow, that guy sucks at English,” I would much rather say, “Wow, that gentleman is skilled at conversational Internet Speak.”
Please, if you feel moved to act about the Internet Lingo issue, join our vision here at APEIL. Let us empower and encourage this new dialect, not discriminate or discourage simply because others are different.
Thank you for your time.