Every community and culture, both online and offline, contains its own unique traits, practices, and mannerisms. At their cores, they may share the same basic principles, such as ethics, beliefs, or communication. However, these aspects can vary heavily from community to community. Language is a prime example of these highly variable aspects of community.
Within a community, language can develop in specific ways that are exclusive to that community’s particular culture or society. This is proven by the existence of slang. Slang refers to any language, phrases, or words that are used only by an exclusive group. With so many diverse groups and communities on the Internet, there is now an overwhelming amount of slang used by these online groups and communities. For example, many Internet slang phrases come from the abbreviations of other phrases. “Laughing out loud” is expressed as “LOL” on the Internet. “Be right back” is expressed as “BRB”. “I don’t know” becomes “IDK”. Simple abbreviation makes up a sizeable portion of Internet slang. Simplicity and simplification plays a major role in Internet slang. Just as with the abbreviation of short phrases, longer words or phrases are also often shortened or abbreviated. For example, “thanks” is often spelled “thx”. However, since the Internet, and its many communities, are so vast and diverse, there are surely many more slangs with different rules and mannerisms. What are some examples of some other mannerisms of Internet slang?