The internet has grown so much since I’ve first started using it that there are communities being built online. You can do just about everything online from dating, shopping or even order a pizza. Like most communities, they all speak a certain language and the internet is no exception.
From abbreviations to acronyms to smilies, these have become an everyday thing on the internet. Everyone uses them in their daily online conversations. It’s rare that you will see anyone speak with each other without having to see any of these things. I try not to use it too much because it has its affect on other things.
When I first got online, I had a lot of things to learn. The internet was rare back in 1995, which was when I first went online. Compu Centre had a demo computer that was connected to the internet. My friend and I would go there at least once a week to get online. Just surfing around from page to page was cool. This was hi-tech stuff that we haven’t seen before. The computer back then weren’t all that fast but we didn’t mind the lag. At the time, it felt fast to us.
When I first got online, I signed up with the top instant messaging at the time, ICQ. I went around adding random people telling them that I’m new to the internet. People didn’t mind me adding them. People at the time were interested in people from around the world. The first thing they would ask was, “ASL” which I’ve never heard of that before. I thought it was short for something like, “asshole.” I was confused as to why they would call me that so I asked for clarification. I found out that “ASL” meant “Age, sex, location.” I remember thinking to myself, “Why didn’t they ask age, sex, location in the first place.”
Everyone knows that this means “laugh out loud” but I highly doubt that people are actually laughing out loud. When I read something that makes me laugh out loud, I actually laugh out loud but I don’t use LOL. I don’t think I’ve ever used it before, ever. I’ll use “hahaha” or “hehehe” but never LOL. And this LOL thing apparently only works with LOL. One time, someone said something funny so I replied, “laugh out loud.” This person had no idea what I was talking about. Doesn’t LOL mean laugh out loud? If so, shouldn’t the two be synonymous? Maybe LOL isn’t one of those words that work out if you spell it out completely.
Then you have different variations of LOL, like ROFLOL. The person isn’t actually rolling on the floor laughing out loud. It’s just their way of saying that it’s extremely funny. I’ve rolled on the floor laughing out loud before but that was after watching something that was extremely funny. I don’t get that effect when I’m chatting with someone online.
It took me a while to catch on to this word. It’s another way of saying “super.” I don’t know why they don’t just say “super” since it has the same amount of syllables. But I’d have to admit that “uber” does sound a bit cooler than “super,” speaking from a computer geek’s point of view. Using the word “super” to describe anything makes it sound like it’s gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Who the hell came up with this word? I believe it originated in some massive multiplayer online role playing game or MMORPG, if you will. Apparently, some guy got beat in the game so one of the player typed in “pwned” but he wanted to type “owned.” Since the “p” and the “o” are so close together, he accidentally typed the “p” which was sent as “pwned.” At first, I thought it was “pawn” like a pawn shop. So when someone got “pwned,” I thought maybe you got sold to the pawn shop or something. That confused me even more because I couldn’t figure out why someone would sell another to a pawn shop.
I type the way I speak. I don’t go around saying LOL when I’m actually saying “ha ha ha!” But it is the internet and there are people who are lazy to type so they’re willing to drop one letter. I’ve seen people type out “what” as “wht” which doesn’t make sense. If you’re going to shorten a word, you don’t take out the vowel. You’re supposed to drop a consonant so the word will sort of sound the same. Even the word, “something” gets shortened to something that I didn’t quite understand. I would assume the shorter form of “something” is “sumting” but I’ve seen it spelt out as “sth.” Everything that we learned in school is being degraded by the internet.