LOL – OMG – C U L8R – MOL – ROTF!!??
Do you understand this language? Am I supposed to get this? I feel I should as I see it used on a regular base in various social media. As most professions or specialised activities have developed their own jargon there is a special language for bloggers called ‘web speak’.
Call me ‘old fashioned’ but I am not keen on this new language. The same as I have an issue with the lack of grammar I am not an advocate of ‘web speak’ and I am pleased to see that some critics call it a sign of ‘our moral and aesthetic decline’.
However as many words and expressions are more and more established and widely used by people from all walks of life I feel ‘blog speak’ should be part of a blog about blogging.
First of all here are some words that have been introduced as a result of blogging but are now ‘insiders’ language.
- The word ‘blog’ is jargon itself as it stands for ‘web log’
- Jargon of a blog is called ‘blargon’
- Spam is jargon and was first used in the early nineties. Since then it has become a verb (spamming)and has been combined with other words – e.g. spambot and spam comment
- Then there is ‘blogerati’ – those amongst us who are experienced and sophisticated bloggers
There is much more and it is funny to see that also in ‘blog speak’ certain things have acquired a sexual under-tone. So believe it or not, in ‘blargon’ you can find ‘linky love’, ‘link slut’ and even ‘blogasm’!
Someone in Sydney has gone so far to develop a dictionary for bloggers. It is called ‘blogosary’ and in it you can find many words used in and for blogs and their meanings.
Here are some fun abbreviations that you may have seen or use yourself.
BFF best friends forever
TTYL talk to you later
AFAIK as far as I know
LOL laughing out loud
OTOH on the other hand
JK just kidding
WTG way to go
ROFL rolling around on the floor laughing
BRB be right back
PITA pain in the ass
NAA not another acronym!
I suppose using acronyms and other types of blog jargon is a matter of taste and new abbreviations will come and go. It is at your disposal but it is not something I will adapt to very easily.
ILITT! See who can figure that one out….