How We Talk Online
I get excited about linguistic fluidity and the way the internet has changed/ is changing the English language (& probably other languages?) and these are things that I have noticed proliferating in how we talk online aka internet vernacular aka YOUTH SPEAK.
- 1.To start with, I'm not including acronymsBc although there's a case for them, these really belong with texting. Which once upon a time was different from the internet
- 2.Also I'm not here for emoji languageBc I still don't know all the subtext of those hieroglyphs and I am afraid of accidental sexting
- 3.Also most of these aren't necessarily NEWLots of these (like weird punctuation and abbreviations) used to be a lot more common back when people wrote letters and schooling/spelling weren't as standardized--history ppl abbreved all up in their documents but it was just accepted form and not to communicate yr chill.
- 4.So let's start wiTH TYPING LIKE THIS IF YOU ARE YELLINGOr just making a point at someone
- 5.We also use a lot of super long run on sentences that have no end punctuation and minimal internal punctuation and irregular capitalization as a stylistic choice and not as laziness or bad grammar
- 6.Refer to all common qualifying adjectives by only their first letterMostly v as in v good, but can we also say p good? r good? s good?
- 7.AfWhich is VULGAR and therefore I want no part of it (this should just go with acronyms but has taken on a life of its own)
- 8.Using less common punctuation like the tilde for ~~emphasis~~~
- 9.Not speaking exclusively in abbreviations but mixing them in for humor/emphasisPlz / tho / prob / abt etc.
- 10.I bet people have done research on this and have a lot more and better things to say abt it but I have not looked into it.I think, therefore I list