First and foremost, if you haven’t checked out Source Type before, you should. The design of the site is striking.
This article gets presented in typical Source Type grandeur and doesn’t disappoint. There’s this bit:
In a New Yorker review of the 2008 book Thumbspeak, Louis Menand declares “K” as likely the most common (and in my opinion, most controversial) text message. As she puts it, the single letter carries with it a powerful decree, “I have nothing to say, but God forbid that you should think that I am ignoring your message.”
An image from the article describes how I feel when someone sends me “K” as a reply in a chat:
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