10 annoying overused bits of trendy web slang

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    mcdj

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    Here's a little rundown of my pet peeves in web lingo, ca. late 2013.

    10. "To be honest." - Why does this keep popping up in every other comment/blog entry/tweet lately? I guess it's the misuse that irks me as much as the overuse. Who do people think they are that anyone should care whether their stupid anonymous opinion is honest or not?
    9. "SMH" - To the next person who types this; I would like to SYH.

    8. "FAIL". - Thank god the kiddies seem to be letting this go. It's trickled down to the toupee/pocket protector set now, so it won't be long before it's completely gone. Demise long overdue.

    7. "IDK". - This is beyond annoying, because the chuckleheads who type it have turned it into a signature for every sentence, like an LOL.
    6. "/THREAD" - A favorite among wannabe moderators. /WANNABEES

    5. "LULZ" - Why not just SHOW everyone what kind of person you are, by posting a picture of yourself having sex with an empty pizza box, instead of merely TELLING us what kind of person you are by typing "LULZ"?

    4. "OMG" - OMG IF ONE MORE PERSON TYPES THIS...IDK!

    3. "YMMV" - The official copout of the millenials. A cheap ass flame insurance policy/license to ramble.
    2. "TL;DR" - This used to have some actual meaning. Now, people type it after reading the first word of a three word sentence.
    1. "Cool story bro!" - Even more grating is the "brah!" variation. This phrase has jumped Sea World and 2 oceans.
     
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    You jelly?

    YOLO stop being a h8er.
     
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    A good list. Not necessarily slang, but these bug me:

    1. Editing the post in a reply with "fixed that for you". It's arrogant.

    2. Using "virii" as an intelligent-sounding plural of virus. It's viruses. This one seems to be fading, thank goodness.

    3. The word "fanboi". It's a cheap shot that adds nothing to a conversation and only serves to highlight the poster's immaturity.

    On 8., "Fail", it's bad enough to see this verb dressed up as a noun on forums, but it even crops up in the MSM, which should know better (I know, I know..).
     
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    OMG you are so right DUDE.

    OMG you really do get it DUDE.


    OMG you must be like the Messiah of the Internet, DUDE.
     
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    Gutwrench

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    This thread is church.
     
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    Chuck Norris doesn't flush the toilet, he scares the s*** out of it.
     
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    lol
     
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    decafjava

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    Well I smiled and nodded my head in agreement with this erudite expose of overused internet slang. :D
     
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    Like, totally. ZOMG.
     
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    Epic TL;DR... top lel, umad bro?
     
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    The one I hate the most is "pwnz".
     
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    jnpy!$4g3cwk

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    tl; dr
     
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    MyMac1976

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    I don't know what half those things mean and I've been hanging out on the net for 20 years..

    I must go to the wrong places.
     
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    For the OP, most of your examples don't bother me, they are just abbreviations that save some typing.

    The exceptions are:

    FAIL: That's a bit too lazy IMO*, if it stands alone without explanation.

    *If someone says IMO, they are differentiating their opinion from fact...

    LULZ: According to Uban Dictionary LULZ means "laugh". If the letters don't stand for individual words, it becomes some kind of slang and deviates from the typical abbreviations such as LOL or IDK. If it is going to be pronounced, why say "Lulz" when you can say "laugh"? I said it for the "lulz", really?
     
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    To me, only when people pronounce it as "pone".

    Back in the mid and late 90s as online FPS and MMOs began to proliferate. It wasn't uncommon to have someone be typing fast since there was no VOIP and seconds mattered. Pwned was a very common typo of owned, so much that it became a norm. It doesn't bother me that much, but dear lord hearing "poned" makes me want to vomit with rage.
     
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    citizenzen

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    My biggest pet peeve: seeing fluffy topics like this one in PRSI.
     
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    i remember these days! what about!!!!11111
     
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    Actually, I can understand how some of these abbreviations arose & evolved in the early days of texting, because of the character limit imposed by the then level of phone technology - not entirely unlike that of 140 characters imposed by Twitter nowadays.

    Then, of course, it came to be seen as cool & trendy, and unfortunately, naturally enough, came to replace standard language in emails or posts written in more informal settings. A lot of the time, from what I have been able to see, it is a poor enough substitute for not taking the time and trouble to write, or compose, a proper reply and allows a poster to make a trite response under the assumption that it is cool to do so in such a way.

    Well, as someone who loves the English language, its rich and nuanced vocabulary and subtle layered language, at one level, I deplore it; at another, I see it as part of the innate flexibility of the language in that it allows for such forms of communication to co-exist, equally validly, with the older forms.
     
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    TBH... TLDR.
    But anyway, cool story bro.

    /thread


    LULZ!
     
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    Well, difference being his article was about a big political figure making statements about a supposedly controversial sports team name and how some might deem it offensive in society. On the other hand I have not seen the same person make statements about the overuse of "lulz" and how online shorthand annoys him.

    EDIT: Looks like this thread is out of PRSI now.
     
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    Epic, fail, #anythingwithahashtag, YOLO, u mad bro, all annoying as *****.
     
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    Calling everything "content." Accurate term, but grating.
     
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    The top used slang on here is troll!
     
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    I tell you what ... let's try a little experiment.

    Request to move that thread from PRSI and see what happens.
     
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