It would be difficult to argue that the internet hasn’t changed the way we talk. After all, without social media platforms and chat rooms, would anyone be exclaiming “YOLO!” when they’re about the attempt the world’s highest bungee jump?
Would “trend” be a verb instead of a noun? Would “crowdfunding” be a thing? And let’s not even talk about “selfie.”
YOLO, as most know, is internet slang – an abbreviation, actually – for “you only live once,” a phrase that gained popularity in 2013 among, mostly, millennials as a way to explain why did they something while apparently using questionable judgement. Of course, something can “trend” on Twitter, as in, #laughinggoat is trending worldwide; “crowdfunding” was born when fundraising sites like GoFundMe began sprouting; and “selfie,” well, you know.
Much of today’s internet slang is simply old words given new meaning. Sometimes, the slang catches on pretty quickly, thanks to social media (“cyberbully,” for instance), and can actually become so pervasive and understood that it is given official status in the dictionary (attained by “selfie” in 2013). Other slang words, however, take longer to reach the masses or are common in only certain communities.
TNSC continues its series of public service blogs today by delving into some of the more obscure slang words being used on and about the internet. Here we go.
Cewebrity: a person who is famous due to their world-wide-web presence. Think: any one of the Kardashians.
Banhammer: a metaphorical hammer that is wielded by operators or moderators when banning one or more users from an online community.
Fat-finger: used mostly as a verb, to mean typing clumsily by striking two keys at once (usually on a handheld device) or typing extra letters.