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The Internet is littered with words and phrases Kill It With Fire: 10 Internet Expressions That Need To Die [Weird & Wonderful Web] Kill It With Fire: 10 Internet Expressions That Need To Die [Weird & Wonderful Web] Languages are forever evolving. Some new words and phrases are readily accepted into common parlance. Others remain confined to the Internet, where they are often overused to the point that they need to die. Read More created by and for its users. We set out to discover your favorite Internet sayings, but what we got was something slightly different, and in many ways, better. Forget words and phrases, what you wanted to talk about were acronyms and utterances. You spoke, we listened.

Don’t Quote Me On This But… WTF?!

We asked you, What Is Your Favorite Internet Saying Of All Time? What Is Your Favorite Internet Saying of All Time? [We Ask You] What Is Your Favorite Internet Saying of All Time? [We Ask You] Some Internet sayings are so common they're vying for inclusion in dictionaries. We want to discover your favorite Internet words and phrases. Read More We’ll be honest and admit that the discussion didn’t exactly go to plan. We also didn’t get as many comments as we had hoped for, but enough people did contribute to the conversation to make this follow-up post worthwhile.

The problem is that we anticipated people telling us their favorite words and phrases from the hundreds invented by and for the Internet. And while a handful did just that, another handful suggested short, pithy thoughts about technology that may or may not have originated online. These weren’t what we were expecting, but they’re still worth detailing.

We begin with a list of five favorite Internet acronyms, as suggested by MakeUseOf readers…

  • ASL (Age, Sex, Location)
  • BTW (By The Way)
  • LMFAO (Laugh My F**king Ass Off)
  • TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)
  • FU (F**k You)

With the exception of FU, which we are pretty sure predates the Internet by quite a margin, these acronyms are indeed all Internet inventions. ASL isn’t really seen these days, thanks to the ease with which we can all Facebook each other, but the rest are all in common usage.

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We also have a list of five favorite Internet utterances, as suggested by MakeUseOf readers…

  • Linux is only free if your time has no value!
  • Shut up and take my money!
  • It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!
  • It crashed my computer!
  • This is the year of Linux!

While we’re sure all of these have been uttered online at some point, they could also all be uttered in a bar, by geeks, talking in geek MakeUseOf Hangouts: When Geeks Talk Turkey MakeUseOf Hangouts: When Geeks Talk Turkey Last week I invited you to a MakeUseOf Hangout. This past Friday, six loyal readers joined me and contributed to a great conversation around MakeUseOf and technology in general. We received a lot of valuable... Read More . And if they ever are said online then the number of exclamation marks would obviously increase exponentially. Like so!!!!!!!!!!

Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from D Mistry, Noëlle, and Rajaa Chowdhury. Comment Of The Week goes to Alan W, who wins a T-shirt for this comment What Is Your Favorite Internet Saying of All Time? [We Ask You] What Is Your Favorite Internet Saying of All Time? [We Ask You] Some Internet sayings are so common they're vying for inclusion in dictionaries. We want to discover your favorite Internet words and phrases. Read More :

I am probably the odd one out as I hate all these acronyms and strange made up words in order to sound cool. When I talk (usually to family or co-workers) online, I always stick to the prefered language, Swedish with co-workers and English with the family. I am totally against trying to learn a strange language just because I am too lazy to type the proper words and when talking to people online if they use something like LOL or ROFL I always ask them “what does that mean?” which results in them having to type out the proper words, so why not save time and just type it out properly in the first place. I feel that if I have to shorten everything into nondescript words or acronyms to speed things up then I don’t really have the time to talk to my friends and will wait until I do have the time.

We chose this comment because, well, he has a point. Acronyms certainly have a place, especially online, but they do sometimes become corrupted or end up taking more time to write out than the word or phrase they were invented to replace. Employing some common sense is the key.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

  1. Roger C
    June 12, 2014 at 9:52 am

    How did FUPA not make the top five?

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=FUPA

    • Dave P
      June 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      That's an amusing acronym, but it has nothing to do with the Internet or technology.

    • Roger C
      June 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Oh, so the abbreviations listed originally are "strictly" Internet related? FUPA wouldn't exist without the Internet.

  2. Hildy J
    June 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    You're "pretty sure" FU predates the Internet? It's the fu in snafu (Situation Normal All effed Up). This just points out that acronyms, from PM to PS to PMS, have been with us always. Of those listed, I see BTW joining such acronyms as CC and ASAP in standard business communication within a few years.

    • Dave P
      June 12, 2014 at 6:02 am

      That's just a turn of phrase. Of course FU predates the Internet. Interestingly, I've only ever used it to mean "F**k You" and not *F**ked Up" as was clearly the meaning in SNAFU.

  3. Alan W
    June 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    MUO - Make Use Of :)

    • Dave P
      June 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

      That's rather ironic that you won for your stance against silly acronyms and then used one in your next comment :)

    • Alan W
      June 12, 2014 at 6:55 am

      It was deliberate Dave :)

    • Dave P
      June 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Ah, the subtlety meant it went right over my head :)

  4. Alan W
    June 11, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I would like to thankyou all for selecting my comment and look forward to sending you a proud pic of me and my new MUO tee-shirt!

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      What does MUO mean? :)

    • Dave P
      June 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

      We look forward to that pic of you in the T-Shirt!

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