Internet slang

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Internet slang is slang words which are used on the Internet. Most of these words are new, such as Wiki and blog, which were not used before the Internet became popular.

Some old words were given new meanings, such as mail (Which now means email), and these compare the old communication methods with the new ways using the Internet. There are many mixed metaphors on the Internet, such as boot (Which used to mean a shoe) and link (Which used to mean a join in a metal chain). Some existing acronyms, such as "AFK" (To mean "Away from keyboard") and "IRL" (To mean "In real life") were used on bulletin board systems before the Internet became popular. These are now used on the Internet, such as in chat rooms and on instant messenger software.

People have also created some verbs and adjectives to describe things that only happen on the Internet:

  • To flame - To send offensive messages, usually in chat rooms, forums, instant messaging software or email.
  • To ping - To send some data to another computer and see how long it takes for the data to come back.

Shorthand words[change | edit source]

Examples: List of Internet slang words

Shorthand is where a word is written in a shorter way because it is quicker and easier to type. It is also done to fit more text into a limited space.

Acronyms[change | edit source]

Examples: List of Internet slang words

Internet slang uses many acronyms because they are quicker and easier to type. They are often shorthand for common phrases and idioms, but they can show somebody's emotions and their certainty.

Leet speak[change | edit source]

Examples: List of Internet slang words

Leet speak (Written as: L33T or 1337) is the most common language on MMORPGs because rude words are not stopped by filters. This language is changing all the time because new words are made and used. A lot of the words use numbers instead of letters but some were made because of typing errors which are now done on purpose. Also, some suffixes are used, such as -age and -ness.

Some of the numbers and symbols used instead of letters are in the table below.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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