>>LOL predates the 90's ..and always was "laughing out loud" young 'un ;-)..there is a book/guide somewhere IIRC "sp33k 1337"=/-=?
Sp33k L33t <- not seen that for a while. I'm getting old now I think :)
Well the only thing I can say in response to that is: It must have been confusion, or assumption from other users, Metacrawler & yahoo IRC's (at least I think as that was the server used - it was a long time ago) were the ones in use a school at that point (unbeknown to the teacher) and I remember that it caused some hilarity when one of the class members received the message to say lol.
I hate text speak too - plain queens English is how I do it.
Social services often reply in 404, same as any council.