Monday, September 20, 2010
Life in the twenty-first century has brought with it its own language. We should be making things easier, but I find it all kind of complicated...
Friend - This should be a relatively simple term. I mean, someone is either your friend or not, right? Wrong. Now, there are friends on Facebook and actual friends. The term must be clarified in conversation (although I wonder why people don't just stick to the one type of friend (you know, actual friends), rather than Facebook friends that are what - fake friends? Enemies? Strangers?).
Follower - A follower of your blog or twitter account, which is quite straightforward. Except that speaking of your 'followers' makes you sound like the leader of some bizarre cult or something.
Emoticons - Why are so many people winking at me all of a sudden? No one ever used to wink unless they had dirt in one eyeball.
LOL - Laugh out loud. Although many of the things people 'LOL' at aren't actually worth a loud laugh. And I recently overheard a conversation - yes, an actual verbal conversation - between a couple of teenagers and when one said something vaguely amusing, the other said "Lol!" I wondered why she didn't actually laugh out loud, rather than say she found it funny enough to laugh at loudly?
As for nouns and verbs - Do I blog, or do I have a blog? Is it a tweet, or am I tweeting? Do I click onto Google or am I Googling?
And so many acronyms: LOLZ, FTW, FFS, LMAO, ROFL, IRL, BTW...
OMG it's all so confusing.
Is there any online language that confuses you?
Posted at 7:16 AM