At my office we make heavy use of IM (ex. Skype) for communication, partially since half our team is offshore. However people commonly disregard spelling and make excessive use abbreviations resulting in conversation which can be difficult to understand.
For example a message might looks like
talk 2 evrey on l8r
Talk to everyone later.
While I understand that proper grammar is normally disregarded in chat, it can downright confusing trying to understand what people are trying to say.
The tricky part for me is I am an intern who has been with the company for about a month and as such feel it could be rude asking people to communicate more clearly. Clearly this practice has been accepted by the rest of the group and I will only be around for a few more months. Do I just tough it out and ask for clarification as required or raise it as something the group could do better?
Ps. XKCD knows how I feel: