@Penzance356 - I'm with you on this. SMS texting is a functional thing which can be useful but I leave it to my teenagers to use all those codes and smileys. I've pretty much got them trained to not do this when messaging me.
On the rare occasions they forget I have to consult an online SMS language dictionary for a translation! When I do that I am tempted to respond with some of my own but I rarely do. It just doesn't seem natural to me.
The most recent text I had to decipher asked for FBF, a response to my simple question of what they would like for dinner. Four brown fish? Fried beef something? No, it turned out to mean 'fat boys food', such as pizza or hot dogs!
And the numbers! Don't even start me on the numbers! I do now know that 143 means 'I love you'. I wish there was a number for 'please use correct English'.
I understand that it's only natural and normal for young people to develop a language of their own, and that this is the tech version of such behavior. It still makes me feel every year of my age though!