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How much internet slang do you use? lol brb :D :P n00b





Dean_The_Great
So how much? Do you use "u" instead of you or emoticons after every sentence? Does everything make you "laugh out loud"?

I don't use any internet acronyms, but I do use emoticons quite often. Particularly Smile Very Happy Wink and Razz

And I also use very improper contractions like "What'll it take?" or phonetic phrases like "Whaddaya want?" or "Whatcha doin'?"

Oh, and just for the sake of the experiment, if you'd be so kind as to reveal your age, or for how long you've been using internet chats/forums/IM/texts and such. Thanks! I've been IMing since the ICQ days (2000ish), and to be honest I used a lot more of the acronyms back then.

This'll be groovy!
SpellcasterDX
15, and I don't use too many acronyms/slang. I use the occasional lol, or lmao, (rarely though). I never use 'u' instead of 'you' (it annoys me, lol.) Emoticons, well, only when I'm texting, pretty much. Not so much on forums. And I don't really use AIM/MSN anymore. And I've been using internet/chat for about 4-5 years.
Solon_Poledourus
This is a good topic. I tend to use none at all, but I do find "internet slang", or "leet speak", fascinating. There is a great and very in depth article on it at Wiki.
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Pr0n

Pr0n is Leet slang for pornography.[1] This is a deliberately inaccurate spelling/pronunciation for porn,[15] where a zero is often used to replace the letter O. It is sometimes used in legitimate communications (such as email discussion groups, Usenet, chat rooms, and internet web pages) to circumvent language and content filters, which may reject messages as offensive or spam. The word also helps prevent search engines from associating commercial sites with pornography—which might result in unwelcome traffic. Pr0n is also sometimes spelled backwards (n0rp) to further obscure the meaning to potentially uninformed readers.[17] It can also refer to ASCII art depicting pornographic images, or to photos of the internals of consumer and industrial hardware. Prawn, a spoof of the misspelling, has started to come into use, as well; in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a pornographer films his movies on 'Prawn Island'. Conversely, in the RPG Kingdom of Loathing, prawn, referring to a kind of crustacean, is spelled pr0n, leading to the creation of food items such as “pr0n chow mein”.

Anyone who finds this stuff as funny as I do, should read the Wiki article.
TomS
Quite often. All of it. Instead of this friggin MSN-language "u = you" "ur =your / you are"
It's quite interesting how everybody writes "lol" or even "rofl" and they just grinned. Me included.
Once a friend told me a story in ICQ, that qas very funny and I really had a hard time trying to stay on my chair Smile
At first I startet with "lol" then "rofl" then "roflmao" and then I just wrote "lkgnhjgnhg" because I had tears in my eyes and couldn't see the keyboard anymore Very Happy
Then I just went outside my room. This time without typing "afk".
When I came back, my friend asked me where I have been and I answered. "I've been rolling on the floor laughing. Literally" Laughing

The problem with emoticons is that there are so many and many are written different. Fox example can't one of my friends chatclient show ": )" as Smile but only : - )

Another strange thing happened to me, when I added with the following emoticontext, as I have seen it on another chat: :-*
And my friend got confused because in his chat this particular emoticontext was transformed into a kissing emoticon Rolling Eyes

So I rather use lol and such things than emoticons.

I am 20yo now and I'm using the internet for 5 years.
goutha
Well, not very often. I try to write in a correct way. I'm afraid that I'll lose the correct usage of english writing. I suppose that I'm the only person here that thinks this way...
Solon_Poledourus
goutha wrote:
Well, not very often. I try to write in a correct way. I'm afraid that I'll lose the correct usage of english writing. I suppose that I'm the only person here that thinks this way...
You are not alone. I don't use it because I don't want to become accustomed to it. Sometimes I use it in a joking way if I am writing to friends and such, but I don't use it in forums or e-mails.
Futile
I started to say that I very rarely use it then it occured to me that I do use it alot while I am gaming in game. But I almost never use it otherwise.
speeDemon
lol, nvr th0ught ne1 wud ask ths Q. on frihost ... that should answer it!! I use these 'terms' usually when I'm chatting though.. never in E-mails, or orkut scraps...
Solon_Poledourus
ROFLCOPTER
missdixy
in my opinion, (most) acronyms should be reserved only for text-use when you're trying to get something across quickly, or IM/board/email use if it's something like "lol" or "omg" etc. I hate when people are writing in forums or IM and are writing things like "Do u wanna go 2 the store l8r?"

That is just too much Sad
medesignz
on restricted characters I tend to use acronyms and abbreviations.

I have heard people say out loud "LOL" and I want to kick them... Laughing
medesignz
goutha wrote:
Well, not very often. I try to write in a correct way. I'm afraid that I'll lose the correct usage of english writing. I suppose that I'm the only person here that thinks this way...

The evolution of the English language is not down to the loss of usage. Its about adaptation, and acceptance. Shakespeare used words out of context and also made up a number of words, and he's the man! HAHA
Vrythramax
What a lot of people don't realize is all of "emoticons", and those cute abreviations (sp?), were originally invented (for lack of a better word) for use in/on IRC (Internet Relay Chat...see my sig). They were meant to save repetitive typing and brighten up a plain text forum. They have been used, and abused, sooooo much that even "old-timers" like myself who still like (and use) IRC don't use them much.

But even I am way guilty of abusing them. Embarassed <--See?
Ghost900
As far as the u for you, I generally never shorten those types of things. I think it looks better to type the whole thing out even if it takes 1 second longer.

Although I have to admit, I use LOL even when I think something isn't even funny, I have seen people use it a lot more than me though so i am not the worst when it comes to LOLing. Some people use it after every sentence it seams.

Emoticons I really enjoy using as they are so colorful and yellow that I just have to use them, in fact I almost always have a Very Happy or Smile in every post to add some color to it. Even on games that don't incorporate the emoticons I still use :,) (Added , to make it stay text) kinda as an LOL.
mwsupra
I use the Razz smiley a good amount, but only when appropriate. Razz My internet slang is pretty much limited to lol. Everything else I tend to type out. Helps improve my typing skills at least Very Happy
mtorregiani
I never use that kind of acronym, or hardly ever. I hate them, because as it's been said before, the language is very rich, and we should use those acronyms only on text messages...
mattyj
i type LOL a lot...but apart from that, i dont use much internet shorthand at all

And i dont really use emoticons, apart from the smiley face Smile
skygaia
Actually, english is my second language. So rarely use internet slangs in english. Of course, I know "lol" Laughing , so it is the only one that I'm using in english. But I use lots of internet slang in my first language. some emoticons are very different from english. for example, I use "^^" lots of time.
it means "smile".. ^^; -> it means "smile and droping sweat"
*^^* --> it means Embarassed

some old people really worry about internet slangs. because young people,especially teenagers, like to meke new words and use them on internet. So sometimes, it's very difficult to understand those words. it means it's impossible to communicate between generations.
shkhanal
I'm not using them much unless the slang is very simple and most popular so that everybody understands it without problem.
hangnhu
I'm glad to see some of us here prefering to not use slang.
are we so lazy that we can't write properly, it bad enough that some of us (like me) are not good with grammar, why make things worst by typing with 'acronyms'
I prefer proper english, it helps to improve my language skill
sonam
English is not my mother language, I make enought mistakes and if I mix this bad english with acronyms it will be horrible. In some situations I use ASAP and Tnx and few emoticons. Very Happy

Sonam
Diablosblizz
i saw lawl alot jst cause i hav nuttin else 2 say. In reality though, people who do this sound really dumb, except for texting. You have a reason when you're texting, although I don't do it anyways. I do use emoticons though, not sure why I just do. Razz I suppose it is another way for me to say 'lol'. I do actually say 'lawl' sometimes.

I'm 17, and try my best to speak proper English.
carlospro7
I'm 21. I've been using the internet since 2000, back then kind of got into the abbreviations, but now I like to spell out my words. I don't use emoticons too often, but I like to throw them in every once in a while as well as the lol and stuff.
Ashtray
Almost none. I'm not a native speaker and it's almost vital for me to try to speak proper English and not using slang...
kriszara
I'm 41 and I use some of the abbreviations when play WoW. Mostly LOL, brb, afk and wtf...use that one a lot. All the "kids" have complex emoticons that they type out all the time that I find more annoying than funny.
I don't use internet slang in emails, etc. because I don't want it to become a habit.
Ryox
I use the fequent ones ( LOL / Rofl / Lmao / roflmao ) etc, but thats about it.
BrumDubai
I use emoticons way to much than what is good and healthly, I think. Sometimes I even find it hard to make a joke in my writing with out slipping in a 'Razz' just to make sure that the reader knows it is a joke. Recently, I even almost put a ':]' in my English coursework after making a philosophical point about Freudian Theories. That is my lowest low on this subject.

Oh yeah, and I also sometimes use 'lol' when im speaking, shameful, I know Embarassed

(Im 14 and have been using the MSN for about 4 years.)
jmlworld
I don't use any and I don't think Internet slang is something special. Instead I see lazy people use it because they think writing the actual word is too long and is time consuming.

I often see these words while chatting on IM (instant messaging). I know a lot of them, but I use imoticons, too. For example I use Very Happy instead of Loll.
crimson_aria
I'm 20 and I've been using the Internet for about 8 yrs, I think. now though, I don't use messengers as much as I did before. I tend to use "lol" a lot in speaking and "XD" too much in writing. I can't seem to end a text message without XD. XD I ocassionally use lmao and rofl. but I rarely substitute you for u or your for ur. I only do it whenever I'm in a real hurry.
Nameless
Speaking as somebody who is 19 and been using internet forums for quite a few years, comparatively little. I avoid using terms like "u" (on the basis they're not slang as much as lazy, irritating typing), and occasionally use acronyms. Most of the examples given in this topic aren't really slang ... I'd consider more website specific memes or terminology to count as slang, which I do use in some places.

The incredibly sad part is, there are probably quite a few acronyms at least that I do use out loud, in real life, far more often ... such as Eff Why Eye (FYI) or Aff Ake (AFAIK).
nigam
goutha wrote:
Well, not very often. I try to write in a correct way. I'm afraid that I'll lose the correct usage of english writing. I suppose that I'm the only person here that thinks this way...



me too...but sometimes, in text and while driving i used u and ur and for okay....only k... The= da,
Fatality
I don't like to use word "shortcuts" such as u and r. I typically spell the words out. I do however use a lot of phrase shortcuts such as lol, brb, afk, ttyl, etc. I have been IMing since AOL IM first came out (10 years ago?). I still use all the same phrase shortcuts and chat with friends and family online daily. I am 22 now.
sum12nv
sigh where do i begin?
lol, rofl, roflcopter, n00bz0rz, ty, tyvm, lmao, XD, ==', =.=, zomg, omg etc.etc
i can't finish it would take too long.
LostOverThere
I rarely use slang or abbreviations as to me, it simply looks careless and lazy. Granted, I do use AFAIK and RTA, but that's about it. I avoid using lol, or other terms like that. To me it just sounds stupid.

As for emoticons, I'm a common abuser of those. Going through my posts, I notice that very few lack them. Wink
Crazy_Canuck
I use LOL and LMAO but only on message boards. I will occasionally use a Smile or (: in an e-mail. I never abbreviate you as u but am guilty of typing cuz instead of because, just cuz I'm lazy that way.
Zombie
I use alot of chat lingo, such as lol, and roflcopter in real life. Pretty lame, I know... but it's funny
soljarag
i use u and ur alot....
biljap
I never use acronyms or abbreviations. When writing on forums I use some of the emoticons on places where I feel I need to express my feeling a little bit more than just using words. I use emoticons when using Skype much more frequently; it somehow became normal part of every sentence. Wink
Dean_The_Great
What about capitalization? Does everyone capitalize when chatting? I always do, sometimes a little excessively.
deanhills
I probably use too many exclamation marks. I used to use the odd capitalization until I read the rules of etiquette that said that was not good practice. Now I bold it if I really have to. For the rest I try and do without the slang so that I can get my point across in as simple language as I possible can manage. I also think there should be a rule against abbreviations and acronyms, especially on Forums with international participants.
BinahZ
I am guilty of all the internet slang and emoticons when in chat. I have done alot of chatting and sometimes spent many hours at it as an admin in a chat forum for many years. I think this may have increased my tendency to use the slang. I have been online since 98-99 time frame, and my age is noyb Twisted Evil
Insanity
I've been trying to decrease my use of Internet slang lately, for a couple of reasons. First, I want to hone my English skills by trying to use actual words to keep up my vocabulary, and to see how I can use bigger, more complex words in my writing. People usually shrug off IM and forums posts as things you can relax with your typing, but I think that there's so much potential in chatting and posting. You can try to use new words that you've learned, and that will further reinforce your vocabulary. Also, seeing middle school kids type in Internet shorthand has been a big turn off for me. It doesn't seem that cool when kids that much younger than you are doing the same thing.
tchaunt
In very rare cases, I will use the acronyms on forums or instant messaging. Which reminds me, "IM" is really just another web-slang-acronym, and plenty of you have been using it. Razz I use emoticons a lot, just to make sure the people reading my post consider the emotion I was feeling/thinking when I was typing my post. That way, people will not take my sarcasm as some rude, obnoxious strike at them, et cetra. For the most part, I only use the chat-speak if I'm playing a game with a lot of people and I want to get my comment into the client fast.

I'm fourteen and I've been the using the internet for probably around eight years. I didn't get into using anything that has chat-speak occur commonly until about five years ago.
apple
I only use them in IM or emails to close friends. anyone else I use the entire word.

like if I am chatting with my girls I'd type.... NTP BRB.....need to pee be right back Embarassed
ProfessorY91
SpellcasterDX wrote:
15, and I don't use too many acronyms/slang. I use the occasional lol, or lmao, (rarely though). I never use 'u' instead of 'you' (it annoys me, lol.) Emoticons, well, only when I'm texting, pretty much. Not so much on forums. And I don't really use AIM/MSN anymore. And I've been using internet/chat for about 4-5 years.


Took the words right out of my mouth. I'm 18 and I rarely use abbreviations, dubbed "internet slang" in this post. I find it a brutalization of the english language. I think its possible to keep the degeneration of the language seperate in your head, but the problem that I see with students is that they are becoming less and less familiar with 'proper' english as time goes on.

Just an opinion, of course.

Y
standready
goutha wrote:
Well, not very often. I try to write in a correct way. I'm afraid that I'll lose the correct usage of english writing. I suppose that I'm the only person here that thinks this way...

You are not alone. I usually avoid slang/abbreviations. I don't want them slipping into my technical reports or press releases where those terms would lose respect for the article.
erlendhg
I don't use such acronyms or abbreviations as u for you and r for are on regular basis.
Sometimes I use them a lot though, but only when I am in "that mood" Razz
Emoticons, however, I often tend to use a bit more than I really should. ^

When it comes to leet speek (1337), I can recommend this site,
The Jargon File: http://catb.org/jargon/

Amongst other things, it has a great lexicon over computer related/leet terms, which you can browse through here: http://catb.org/jargon/html/go01.html
andredesignz
Well here is a list of what i use

lol - laugh out laud
dwl - dead with laughter
ttyl - talk to you later
smh - shake my head
btw - why the way
brb - be right black
y - why
u - you
ntn - nothing
u'r - your
u're- your're
nt - not
wud - would
Nameless
Dean_The_Great wrote:
What about capitalization? Does everyone capitalize when chatting? I always do, sometimes a little excessively.

CAPS LOCK CRUISE CONTROL FTW1

Next person to incorrectly type "i" in lower case is a silly monkey. [/Arbitrary.] (Does mock BBCode or HTML count as slang? Because it now occurs to me that I do that frequently.)
[FuN]goku
Eh... It really depends on who I'm talking to, or what kind of forum I'm posting in. For the most part , I try to write everything out instead of using things like "u" or "r", because little things like that are kind of a pet peeve I guess. Though, years back I probably would have been using all the abbreviations and acronyms.

If I'm talking to some of my gaming buddies we might end up using alot of slang stuff from 4chan or something. I suppose the same goes for certain IRC channels I'm usually on as well. But if I'm posting in a forum, I try to make it look like I'm actually trying to type stuff out. Razz

Oh, forgot to add , I'm 18.
Moshkin_Khan
I use smileys alot, but hardly shorten my typing apart from when I type for speed then i'll have to drop a few vowels here and there.
Rico
Way too much.
Nameless
Rico wrote:
Way too much.

Are you kidding? I'll grant that's a sentence fragment, but you typed out the whole word "too", spelled "way" with a Y AND included capitalization and full stops. That puts you above at least half of the posters here! Razz
wellerchap
I try to use very little, as I see it as a bit lazy.
I type pretty quickly, so have no need to abbreviate....I feel it's much better to spell things out correctly.
Kids are almost growing up these days with poor grammar....fine if they only communicate with "their own", but useless & pretty dim when they have to get out into the big, wide world.
ankitdatashn
dont use slang too much, though leave much of the slangs for the sms'es, though not too much of them too.

restrict myself to emoticons
yuichan
I usually type a slang of my emotions such as T_T >> cry / *0* >> surprised / -*- >> sigh and etc. That's quite weird, isn't it? Laughing
guissmo
Well, I use the three-letter acronyms but that's how dumbed down I can get.
I treat lol as a catch-all word. And use the others as they were created to be - brb, afk, gtg, omg.

I don't alternate cases (it seems to be a fad to some groups) and am not fond of using "u" or not caring about spelling.

Sure, I have some typos when I'm instant messaging but I firmly believe my sentences are still comprehensible.
pscompanies
Oh I use aLOT of internet slang. fyi its rly ctchn on nwdys lol
littleladyluck
I don't use much of internet slang. I'm not quite familiar with it in fact. I find that reading internet slang very irritating in fact. but i do use frequently such words as lol,,Rofl,lmao etc, but that's about it. and also the "u" instead of "you", some like that.

But then, it also depends on who you are talking to. But I prefer writing everything in full instead of using abbreviations/slang. I find that good grammar is hot!

By the way, I'm 21 and I've been using the internet since I'm 11 years old.

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Dean_The_Great

What about capitalization? Does everyone capitalize when chatting? I always do, sometimes a little excessively.


It may happen that I do not use proper capitalization at all times though.
Noremac
ROFLMFAO

rolling on floor laughing my f(*&^%($ ass off.

but that's all.
hamza1122
i ALWAYS use internet slang when im typing online. except for when it's a strictly formal or professional forum thingy. lols.
Nameless
This doesn't count as a professional forum? Sad
Jamestf347
Ha, I try to spell out the words when i'm typing unless it's something like (lol, rofl, lmao, brb). I don't tend to use "u", I use you. But For Emoticons It's a little different, I use them in like every sentence : D. Only bad thing about putting acronyms would be when writing a research paper, sometimes you accidentally squeeze in a "u". : )
DwightShwrute
I use everything lol, it makes me type faster. Sometimes I dont even know Im doing it.

Lol
U
Wut
sup
comon
2
w/e

Stuff like that, I dont use numbers alot but lol w/e

i also use emots alot, well not alot, but when its needed Smile
paskifire
I'm 21, but i don't use words from texting to internet. For me it's annoying when I see a letter 'u' instead of the whole word 'you'. But I love to use lol, omfg.. etc hahaha!
Fanghai
i feel like theres some slang that younger kids use and others that everyone uses. stuff like "lol" and "brb" is pretty universal, but others like "u" and "dnt" and "y" makes you seem kinda immature. I just grew out of the "u" phase. now i feel like if i type out the full word, i seem more as an adult and less as a child. Maybe it's just a time thing. I see kids slaning around with "yo whr u goin 2nit?" and stuff like that
Bluedoll
it depends

Shocked

__________

lol ifu wanta be quick or not

lol = lots of laughing

don't it? or not lol

Laughing


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I prefer to just write as I would in everyday conversation. Time is relative to the intention, perhaps.


Idea
jabce85
i definitely try to limit using the aforementioned things.... it just makes you sound either a) like a kid who hasn't hit puberty or b) like a little girl..... in my opinion
Melacos
In general I don't use anything really, but guess it depends on the forum... Emoticons more often than actual slang..
Lekz
I am preparing a project which is based on this phenomenon...and I found out that the use of Internet slangs is influencing people's speech...it becomes an adiction, and people are using them beyond computers....Advertisements, gradded essays, and many others.....
I do not like to use them at all....Im 24...kind of computer adicted.
zacky
since i live in a place where they called "center capital of text country" i always tend to use some of it.. Each people here are always do some short-cuts to what they are saying and it what we called text messages.. that's why were really good in decoding some cipher encrypted message.. LOL..
missdixy
Lekz wrote:
I am preparing a project which is based on this phenomenon...and I found out that the use of Internet slangs is influencing people's speech...it becomes an adiction, and people are using them beyond computers....Advertisements, gradded essays, and many others.....
I do not like to use them at all....Im 24...kind of computer adicted.


The other day my cousin said "lolz" to me in real life and I almost flipped out. Ha. It really does seem to be getting out of hand!
meep
I use way too much internet slang, unless I'm on forums, since most don't allow it so i decided to not use it on any forum.
When I'm playing games or something the only thing you'll see me say is in internet slang or broken english, on occasions I don't use it, but that because I'm trying to get a point across then Razz
Shadowninja7194
Lol, i use net slang all day. My friends are always goin' "huh?". Then i just call them a noob.
Insanity
It's easier to type out some acronyms than the whole thing, so I keep my slang to these uses. I don't understand the slang that is even harder to type than the actual word, so yeah.
escritor
The only internet slang I use on chats is "vc", which is an abbreviation for "você" (you) in Portuguese.
ProwerBot
I use lol and (: a lot. But I don't abbreviate 3 letter words... now that's just lazy.
erlendhg
I would rather not like to admit that I use internet slang in real life, but unfortunately sometimes I do.
However, when I use internet slang online, that is exlusively when I'm chatting with my buddies over for example Windows Live Messenger.

[quote="Solon_Poledourus"]
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It can also refer to ASCII art depicting pornographic images


That is so geeky. I must admit I once let one of my friends show this to me. Can't say I'm a big fan, but it might be quite impressive (but then it is because of the good work done with the ASCII art, and I'd rater look at non-pornographic ASCII art then.,.)
sudipbanerjee
I rarely use Internet slang or acronyms. Actually I don't understand all of them.
misterXY
l use
" //AB" in my notes alot (when sharing with few people)
umm.. lol is quiet common.
Pwr Cyc too friends, meaning l'm rebootin' or switching too another device (ipod, computers, sms)
brb alot.
OMFGWTFBBQ! FTW!.. list can go on...
chatrack
Hi,

I usually avoid using net slang wihle chat. But i do when chat from my mobile device.

I use You than simply u, I feel there is less respect to other person while using u
eday2010
I don't use any internet slang or any of the "memes" that the dimwits feel they need to use. I find all of it utterly stupid, and I find the excuse "this is the internet" an even stupider reason for using the idiotic phrases like "epic fail" or "full of win", or any of the other trite saying floating around and being used by people who think it makes them sound cool and original.
priyank
i must say i use slang every sing day on msn lol
thtz how i talk n bad news is some time in exam i use slang:(
i think i am very much use slang when i type something
i need to stop doint tht hahaha

for ex :- you guyz can see i used in this LMAO
czarulit
Now I sometimes use 'btw' and 'wtf', but in the past I used to use also 'imho'.
Utopia GFR
I'm on the Internet since 1998 and I'm 36.

I do use lots of emoticons online and internet slang/acronyms such as the common "lol" in English and in French "mdr", "XD", "ptdr" and so on Smile

Internet slang is also very popular in online gaming (I have a 360 and the LIVE network).

That habit applies to my everyday life (when I talk with friends) and they usually find it pretty much annoying or funny Very Happy

People would probably write a dictionnary if there were more words to share with the "Global Internet community".

Dean_The_Great wrote:
So how much? Do you use "u" instead of you or emoticons after every sentence? Does everything make you "laugh out loud"?

I don't use any internet acronyms, but I do use emoticons quite often. Particularly Smile Very Happy Wink and Razz

And I also use very improper contractions like "What'll it take?" or phonetic phrases like "Whaddaya want?" or "Whatcha doin'?"

Oh, and just for the sake of the experiment, if you'd be so kind as to reveal your age, or for how long you've been using internet chats/forums/IM/texts and such. Thanks! I've been IMing since the ICQ days (2000ish), and to be honest I used a lot more of the acronyms back then.

This'll be groovy!
supernova1987a
I even use it while talking. I say L-O-L instead of laughing out loud. Or I say lol.
Internet is changing us in so many ways.
I say OMG instead of Oh my God!
That much I use Internet Lingo!
sithlord
I'm pretty sure i use it daily. My friends are always trying to use internet slang like trying to be a troll and/or quoting boxxy. What noobs.. Shocked
Josso
Used to a lot for convenience but once it got all baited up and more and more ridiculous memes advertised the ridiculousness of it over the years. Plus it got to a point with some people where you just couldn't understand a word. Abbreviating things is good, in specialist fields where often things are repeated - can see the point...
speeDemon
I used to use short forms for words like 'u', 'l8r' for you and later. but I figured out that I had started using these for many other words, and so my english was degrading. because while chatting you just need to pass on the meaning, no one cares about the spelling or anything.. but when I realised that I started forgetting correct spellings, I stopped using these words
jigoku05
I don't use text words in the net. Heck I don't even use them when texting.
manmast
Well, not very often. I try to write in a correct way. I'm afraid that I'll lose the correct usage of english writing. I suppose that I'm the only person here that thinks this way...
jaidenscott
I hate when people do that!! Some questions are slang and its annoying but at least you can understand what they are trying to say. Others either in response or questions are so bad that you can't understand what their saying at all. I mean its OK if you misspell something or its an obvious mis type. I wish these people would use this forum to improve on their typing skills. If you really tired out by typing a response than you really need some exercise. Relax, just teasing!!!! Very Happy
medesignz
Is there a book dedicated to internet slang?
soljarag
i use:

k
u
ur
brb
Smile
:p

almost every day.......

I can't imagine how kids are able to write school papers these days.... If i was still in school i'm sure i would let a few "u" or "ur" in my papers......
LittleBlackKitten
I use everything, except poor spelling. I HATE the R for are and U for you, and whatnot. I think it looks ugly, lazy, and like you haven't made it through kinderarten.
ribozon
Usually using them when im talking to my friends and in games (just the abbreviations) but on forums it's pretty annoying to read them so im trying to do my best as much as i can when writing on forums. ^^

in games like: "omg pwned noob hahah" but not that often ;P

and sometimes the abbreviations when im texting to my friends, it's more easier and faster to write with that slang on cellphones.
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