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The answer is, of course, a bit more complicated than you might think.
Written with Molly Ruhl and Gretchen McCulloch. Gretchen's podcast has an episode all about this: https://lingthusiasm.com/post/154520059101/lingthusiasm-episode-1-speaking-a-single-language

Gretchen's book BECAUSE INTERNET, all about the evolution of internet language, is available:
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(Those are affiliate links that give a commission to me or Gretchen, depending on country!)

Graphics by William Marler: https://wmad.co.uk
Audio mix by Graham Haerther: https://haerther.net

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