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Internet slang

Internet users have developed many slang terms over the years. Many of these terms originated for saving keystrokes and are often written in lower case.

Chat acronyms or chaq (pronounced "chalk") were initially developed by users of pre-Internet bulletin board systems, and have since been adopted by users of text-messaging wireless telephones. A handful (e.g. ASAP, PO'ed) far pre-date computers. The TLA is the most popular type of abbreviation in computing and telecom terminology and slang.

Table of contents
1 Popular abbreviations and acronyms
2 Concepts
3 Words incorporated into the English language
4 See also
5 External links

Popular abbreviations and acronyms


Others express concepts peculiar to the Net:

Words incorporated into the English language

The word newbie is almost exclusively used for all sorts of new users of an Internet forum or starters in a particular field of activity. It is not a pejorative term per se, but can be when combined with RTFM etc.

Internet writing is, by its nature, difficult to interpret, especially in chatrooms or on instant messaging, because much of it is quickly input, and many assume, falsely, their audience knows their body language. For instance; a LOL may be taken as genuine laughter or sarcasm, or as "whatever, stay away from me." So, for the sake of accurate and easily understandable communication, it is best to be as explicit as possible and make an effort to get your point across. Emoticons such as :) can also be used to clarify emotional intent in internet messages. Conversely, they can add to the confusion, for example the :-P emoticon which can indicate both (positive) joking and (negative) sarcasm; or simply when used in excess.

Internet abbreviations are often made up on the spot, therefore many of them can be confusing, obscure, or even nonsensical. This type of on-the-spot abbreviating leads to doldrums of such things as: OTP (on the phone), PO (pissed off), or the less common, OPTD (outside petting the dog). Another thing common to Internet communication is the truncation and morphing of words to more typing-friendly forms. These may one day creep into common usage and end up in the dictionary. Some examples of this are:

A special case of this last form is 'teh'. This is the corruption of 'the', and often pops up spontaneously when typing fast. So common is it, in fact, that it has made the jump to purposeful usage. Typically it is used in situations where one is being self-consciously enthusiastic, mimicking the less-grammatical Internet newbie: "That movie was teh suck!!", "The fight scene with all the Agent Smiths was TEH AWESOME", etc. This sarcastic usage originates with JeffK.

Similarly, the word "liek" is used as a sarcastic misspelling of like, as in "I LEIK PIE". It is often used as an insult to one's intelligence and/or typing ability.

"own" is apparently becoming a perfectly mainstream word, describing a state of complete domination. Its purposefully misspelled variant, "pwn", is just as often used. This seems to be due to a perception of a hole being filled in the English language: a slang term for "completely dominate".

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