Topic 1: Internet Slang

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?



3 thoughts on “Topic 1: Internet Slang

  1. One thing I have noticed in my many years on the internet, is that internet slang can be divided into two very broad groups, the first is abbreviation, and the second is community renaming. Abbreviation, as you mentioned above, is by far the most common, and can be found in many communities across the web. I believe abbreviation is so common because, for most people, typing is far slower than actually speaking, so a conversation that would only take a couple of minutes to speak, suddenly takes 10-20 minutes to type out. To counter this, people started abbreviating many things to speed up the rate at which they could communicate over the internet. Community renaming is when a community refers to something by a nickname, as opposed to the actual name of the object. Unlike abbreviation, nicknames will be exclusive to the community in which they originate, unless they happen to become a meme. What’s interesting about this, is that giving something a nickname is a practice normally done by close friends. So for a community to start using nicknames implies a very close connection with whatever they are nicknaming, and that they care for it.

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    1. Many years of experience on the internet and its related communities have taught me many things and the use of the abbreviation is defiantly one of the extremely useful tools that a server can learn. Like my buddy natwyman said, the use of full language is scarce because its often too slow and on the internet,unnecessary when you can simply type the abbreviation and get the idea out. I am a retired major league gamer or MLG and have had plenty of experience with these renaming and abbreviations. renaming something is a very strong personal and/or community based familiarity that can be rediscovered by any other group with the same understanding.


      1. Thank you both for responding to my first topic post and helping me with this project. I will continue publish one post every two days until December 6th. Each post will discuss a different topic about how people communicate on the Internet. I hope you will continue to respond to my upcoming posts and sharing your opinions on the topics I will be covering.


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