The whole society has been influenced by the Internet and continuous technological progress, be it economic, social, cultural, educational or any other type of changes. English and Romanian languages have also undergone some changes following the development of online communication.
Linguistics is also touched by this phenomenon. R. Zafiu frequently discusses issues related to this type of communication in the Păcatele limbii (Sins of the Language) section of the România literară publication. T. Slama Cazacu talks about the computer as a communication tool. In the article Computer and Man (2001), the author signaled the fact that almost every computer-related topic that was studied involved the communication process.
One can notice the development of a specific writing system to make up for the lack of diacritical marks. Thus, ş, ţ are spelled sh, tz and the letter c is frequently replaced with k; there is a tendency to lose not only the letter c, but also the letter a in groups such as ca, câ, că, e.g. kre for care, k for ca, dak for dacă, cd for când etc. Moreover, combinations of letters and numbers are very often used to generate a word or a phrase and spelling and punctuation rules are frequently cancelled.
Most teenagers spend a lot of time chatting online. Teenagers using the Internet have even managed to create their own coded language, mostly abbreviations.
This is obviously useful when it comes to privacy, since the teenagers’ parents cannot decipher their online conversations. As a result, the Teen Chat Decoder was created, a web app that deciphers secret codes and abbreviations used online, which can be extremely useful for translating coded conversations.