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Hundreds of words and phrases have been invented online. Perhaps even thousands. These weird and wonderful creations show our language evolving in an exciting-yet-annoying manner – mostly led by n00bs riding the roflcopter.

Some Internet sayings are so common they’re vying for inclusion in dictionaries Learn New Words With The Collins Twictionary [Weird & Wonderful Web] Learn New Words With The Collins Twictionary [Weird & Wonderful Web] New words are being invented all the time, both online and offline. The Internet is responsible. Let's look at a collection of new words currently vying for inclusion in the next Collins English Dictionary. Read More , while others deserve to be condemned to die in a fire 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 . We want to discover your favorite Internet words and phrases in order to create a list containing the most popular choices. GTG, BRB.


We want to know, What Is Your Favorite Internet Saying Of All Time? There are plenty of words and phrases from which to choose, whether they be brand new words, phrases derived from forums and chatrooms, or acronyms designed to make all our lives easier. They’re all valid, amirite?

There are Internet sayings littered throughout this post, so feel free to choose any of them. That is, if you can find them all. Otherwise, the Huffington Post has a l33t rundown of Internet sayings. The author claims they’re all annoying, but you and I are allowed to disagree.


This question was inspired by the news that LOL (meaning Laugh Out Loud) is now 25 years old and counting. There is documentary evidence LOL was used on the Internetz in 1989, a time before many of you reading this would have been using the Internet, and before some of you were even born.


This shows that words and phrases created for the Internet by the people who inhabit this series of tubes is not a new phenomenon. But it’s certainly a growing one – and will likely keep growing. Which is why we need your help sorting the wheat from the chaff. Be of assistance and you won’t believe what happens next. Well, regular readers will know… you’ll be in the running to win a geeky T-shirt.

TL;DR: Name your favorite Internet saying and possibly win a T-shirt.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will win Comment Of The Week, receiving a geeky T-shirt for their totes amazeballs epic win.

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you. Kthanxbai.

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  1. Rasputia
    June 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    My favourite's "FU" precision and the embodiment of flexibility itself. Da best, son. Da best.

  2. Bob Myers
    June 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Abbreviations and acronyms have been around since letters/messages up through long distance communication methods where the per letter (character) cost (monetary, physical, time or a combination thereof governed message length. Some were "PROSIGNS" (PROcedural SIGNS) to make handling traffic more efficient. They progressed through visual long distance communications (semaphore to flashing light), telegraph (wired and wire-less), teleprinting (teletype through texting), and any other communications method that needs a cheap/efficient way to transmit a word or words. Texting is the latest method needing quick/short ways to transmit word(s)/idea(s). Like the rail road crossing "X" sign. Typing with (fat) thumbs makes it almost mandatory.

    Abbreviations, etc. are here to stay.

  3. D Mistry
    June 6, 2014 at 4:10 am

    My absolute favorite, well two.. actually, have got to be "Shut up and take my money", and "TL;DR". They're both accurate to human experience online, they're surprising useful, and both are void of unreal exaggerations (as in LOL, ROFL, etc.).

  4. KT
    June 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm


    It's a great way to sneak an F-bomb into casual conversation without being confrontational.

  5. Ed
    June 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I think one that may have been around longer than all these texting-friendly acronyms is:
    "This is the year of Linux."

    I remember in the 1990's when you could actually find Linux distro CDs for sale in computer stores. It wasn't common, but they were around. As the late 1990's came around and the early 2000's, more and more Linux distros were being created to try and match the GUI of Win2K and WinXP.

    As more tech savvy individuals stumbled upon these distros and played around with them, many of them were sure that GNU/Linux as a viable option for the *average user* was something that would at least become a close third place option behind Windows and Mac OS.

    Linux has not gained double digit market share as a desktop environment, so the saying "This is the year of Linux" as it relates to the desktop seems to not carry much weight these days. If you take into account all the other places you can find the Linux kernel (servers, smartphones, Roku boxes, ARM PCs), then maybe the year of Linux already happened a few years ago.

    • KT
      June 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      You forgot "This version of Windows will be better". That one always gives me a chuckle.

  6. Jason
    June 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    It crashed my computer!

  7. Raymond
    June 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    LOL was the first three letters sent over the internet.

    Funny how that worked out.

  8. dragonmouth
    June 5, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    While it predates the Internet by a few years, this one has to rate right next to the Three Biggest Lies:

    It's not a bug, It's a feature.

  9. Bob
    June 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Shut up and take my money!

  10. Bill
    June 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    My favorite internet saying (not acronym) would have to be "Linux is only free if your time has no value".

    I switched to it for an entire year and there's a lot of truth in that statement.

    • Aibek
      June 8, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      good one!

      I would say same thing about Windows as well)

  11. Noëlle
    June 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I'm not such a big fan of acronyms.. LOL for instance is the Dutch word for "fun", so using it in Dutch (which is my native language) is weird. The Dutch equivalent isn't used by anybody (probably because it ends up as a swear word).

    My favorite quote is this one though:
    "Don't believe everything you read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln.

  12. Alan W
    June 5, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I am proberly 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 dont really have the time to talk to my friends and will wait until I do have the time.

    • Scott
      June 5, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Wholeheartedly agree! :-)

    • Joe Mamma
      June 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      But the issue isn't whether it's lazy. Back in the day, when you had to pay for each and every SMS message you sent, it was prudent to shorten words so that you could fit whole statements into 140 characters without the text streaming across to another SMS message. That seems to me the reason it became such a phenomenon.

  13. Hildy J
    June 5, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I'd vote for BTW because of all the Internet acronyms, it is the one that will make it into the mainstream along with currently accepted acronyms like PS, CC (which existed long before email), ASAP, Re, etc.

  14. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 5, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Being a chat addict who loves to make friends with unknown people across the globe, it undoubtedly has to be ASL for me. This word is impactful, as a response to it, initially helps you to create an image, in your mind, of a person you are conversing with at the other end. Then the fun part comes in really find out later how close that person really is to that imagined image or how far away from it, depending on the honesty of the response to the ASL. The most intriguing part is the L part for me, as being a dreamer, that L immediately takes me away to far away lands or different culture all together. It fascinates me so much that I almost do a Google image search of that location, to see how the place looks and how people there dress up. Fascinating, as it is not feasible to travel to all those places in reality due to obligations, time and most important, budget constraint. However, I do travel in my mind to such new places then and somehow I feel happy. Internet has really made a smaller world. Thanks!!!

    • Anonymous
      June 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      For the less savvy amongst us, it would be nice if you told us what ASL stands for so we can make sense if your post!

    • SA
      June 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      For those that are unfamiliar with the acronym, it stands for Age, Sex, Location...and it is usually a question posed to someone who your are chatting with online.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      June 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      ASL stands for Age, sex (Gender), Location. It is usually asked during the initiation of a chat with an unknown person to determine and get an idea with whom you are chatting with and from which demography she / he belongs. :) I hope this clears your doubt.

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