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Gaming Sociolect


Julian Tiplady

on 18 December 2013

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The gaming community is a subculture that has arisen from the Internet , and it has developed its own unique language which has grown over time. As we speak millions of gamers are currently online throwing numerous insults at each other all of this is based off from language that evolved from the start of the internet age.
Commonly used interjections
corruption of “wow” due to sarcasm
-nowadays, it can be used as an universal reply or remark to anything

2. aw- "ouch"
- expressed when you made a "fail" move yourself or you die unexpectedly
- sometimes, it is used when you see something so stupid that it hurts your eyes

alot of people type sounds or doing words such as yawn/sigh/phew and theres no reason behind it
Commonly used acronyms

GLHF- "good luck, have fun"

-counts as a sportsmanly greeting that is mentioned at the start of a game.

CS- creep score
FPS- frames per second
FF20- forfeit at 20 minutes where the game allows the team to surrender and thus end the game

GG- "good game"

-commonly used as an endgame remark (usually,only the winning team says this; if the losing team say it, it can be concluded that they accepted their defeat)

lol -"laughing out loud"

-a form of laughter in chat

-indicates that something is funny
Words borrowed from another language

1. gosu - Gosu is a Korean term used to refer to a highly skilled person. In computer gaming the term is usually used to refer to a person highly skilled in multiplayer games like League of Legends, StarCraft, Warcraft III, Diablo II, Counter-Strike and others. ...

2. domoi- russian word for "go home". get lost, extremely rude honestly its an f off

Since the very start of interactive gaming in 1994 alot has changed language wise over the course of 20 years.
the most noticeable changes are the
-shortening of words
-constant expletives
-grammatical errors

its not a cause for concern though..
MMORPG-Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing game

First one was created in 1994 World of Warcraft (WOW)

Where it all started..
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