I don’t need to pull the mockery routine. You all know how obnoxious it can be to receive a message that appears to have been written by a 12-year-old, but is actually your 30-something best friend. Some people just prefer to write in TXT speak, no matter how obnoxious you find it. If you spend enough time on the internet the messages are easily translatable, but that doesn’t make the task any more enjoyable. That’s why I’m greatly amused by an app I found on the xda blog. It makes that translation automatic.
There really isn’t much to the app. The options screen capped below lays it out pretty well. The only tricky thing is tolerance. I’m not sure why you’d want to set a limit on the number of corrections, since the idea is to eradicate all of those annoying TXT speak messages. You can choose to have the corrected words in upper case, but again, if the idea is to kick the kiddy talk to the side I’m not sure this is a great option. The only way it benefits, as I see it, is that you can see if there’s clearly a translation mistake.
The one downside is that it apparently doesn’t work with CyanogenMod7, which is why I haven’t put an original screen cap on this (all the stock ones are in French). If you want to give it a try, you can download SMS Corrector for free from the Market.