Published November 21, 2008

Even though I consider myself to be somewhat “down with the kids”, I’ve got to say that txt speak and internet slang are starting to confuse me. I’m not above using the odd lol, omg or wtf, but it’s becoming a bit baffling.

Firstly, I want to point out a very useful site for fuddy-duddies like me: Internet Slang Dictionary. There’s a translator in there, if you come across some abbreviation/acronym you don’t understand, or you can simply look something up in the dictionary, if you so desire. There’s even a quiz, if that takes your fancy.

What I don’t understand is the point of something like “roflmiaha”. It means Rolling On The Floor Laughing Myself Into A Heart Attack. I have two questions.

  1. Who says that?
  2. What’s wrong with ‘haha’?

There are so many letters involved there that if I wanted to write it down, it would take me half an hour to figure out which were the first letters of each word and what order they should go in. It would be quicker to write the entire sentence.

Some of that dictionary is just stupid. ‘igrunt’ is slang for ‘ignorant’. I can’t imagine a situation where you would want to slang ignorant, but putting igrunt down instead surely wouldn’t have the same effect. It seems to reflect badly on yourself, rather than whoever you are labelling.

‘Ryte’ is slang for ‘right’. Why wouldn’t you just type right in the first place? It’s one extra key and one less thing your brain needs to translate. I’m not getting into the argument of txt speak butchering the English language right now, but I do find it odd that it has become cool to need a dictionary again.

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