I am far from being a doctrinaire stickler opposing all neologisms; Twitter alerts one to the merit of abbreviations like "2" for "too", "4" for "for" etc. But many new usages fail to gain my assent. One of these is the abbreviation "to" for "too", as in: "It is to bad she couldn't get to the party".

Can anyone trace the history of this usage? I have only noticed it quite recently. Is it a passing fad?

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    How about the lower case first person pronoun and in your case all lower case? That bothers me even more – mplungjan Aug 7 '14 at 13:06
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    I think this is too subjective. How can we distinguish people who simply can't spell from those who've made a conscious decision to settle for the two-letter form to when they actually mean too? Do we even know that there actually are people at all who fall into that second category? – FumbleFingers Aug 7 '14 at 13:07
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    Your rite @FumbleFingers - we cant no. But its a bad site – mplungjan Aug 7 '14 at 13:08
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    You have to watch this. – Neeku Aug 7 '14 at 13:19
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    Getting back to the question, "neologism" is not the term. Variant spelling would be more accurate. The use of word glyphs like 2 or & instead of spelling out the words they stand for doesn't have a special name, but show up now and then in writing. But since they're intended 2 B pronounced the same, they're not really part of language, just typography, like serifs on letters. – John Lawler Aug 7 '14 at 13:29

It's strictly driven by the 140-character limit. Less is more. When texting was pay-per-character, people started looking for ways to save money. This is not new, as telegraphy was the same way; and I have actually held a book with 500 pages of five-character abbreviations for phrases and whole sentences, merely to keep costs down. For instance AABAC BBABD might mean "buy 100 shares" + "next week". Corporations in the telegraphy period often had proprietary telegraph codes, and they were kept quite secret to prevent competitors from learning their intentions. There was also a very short pager-period (before celtels) when families began doing something similar (XXTXX = "come home right now").

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