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Transcript of Net Speak
Monday, February 30, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 69
History & Development of Net Speak
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Some distinctive features of net speak are:
Vowels are mostly cut out from their word-
Words that end with 's' may sometimes be replaced with a 'z'.
Words are shortened but still recognisable
Acronyms are used to shorten long sentences.
Eg. ILY- I love you
LOL- Laugh out loud
There are many new words that have been invented as a result of this such as:
Eg. YOLO- You only live once
ROFL- Rolling on floor laughing
Inflection in Net Speak
Symbolism: physical imagery used to represent our emotional state (e.g. smile, blush)
Represented by various combinations of characters in internet slang.
Symbols used to represent facial expressions are called emoticons/emojis
An advantage of internet slang
- The ability to create symbolism with characters that is impossible with body language.
- E.g. people sometimes write <3 to show affection
- Although people can use their hands to create a heart, it's not common
Casual tone (e.g. friends):
- Lack of punctuation, spelling. grammar etc
- Full sentences
- Proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc
- Shows importance
Inflection: the modification of a word to express grammatical categories such as pitch, tone and pacing.
In internet slang, instead of modifying sounds to place emphasis, the text is edited in different ways.
Modifications may include variations on punctuation, spelling and capitalisation.
Symbolism in Net Speak
Substitution in Net Speak
Substitution: the use of actions to portray emotions instead of words (e.g. a hug or kiss)
Represented largely through abbreviation and emotes
Emotes: actions denoted by words
- usually shown with the action enclosed in asterisks
- E.g. *hugs*, *cries*
Abbreviation: shortened form of a word or phrase
- Acronyms are abbreviations
- LOL: laugh out loud
Gained various interpretations over the years, rarely used as a laugh nowadays
Can carry connotations of amusement, disbelief, and acknowledgment
1979: the internet was first launched
Facebook, Twitter,Tumblr have had major influences in internet slang and the way people talk on the internet
Expressions that we often use now, have been evolved from an expression used much longer before it became popular
LOL: laugh out loud/little old lady
OG: original gangster/old git
Internet slang has acquired different meanings over time
Different variations and modulations of spoken language have begun to emerge in multiple different forms
1. OMG- Oh my god
2. LOL- Laugh out loud
3. ILY- I love you
4. BRB- Be right back
5. G2G- Got to go
6. TTYL- Talk to you later
7. GR8- Great
8. 2MORO- Tomorrow
9. WTH- What the hell
10. PLS- Please
34 common terms
Internet slang is known as internet shorthand, cyber-slang, netspeak, chatspeak or translexical phonological abbreviation. Net speak consists of different expressions, mispellings, and idioms. Nowadays, communication is frequently used through technology; therefore people have developed a shortened language used in communicating through technology.