The Internet is littered with words and phrases 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? 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.
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. 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:
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.
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