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Internet Slang You Need To Know

All languages evolve and adopt new words into their dictionaries. With the invention of the internet, many languages gained new words thanks simply to the existence of the internet. The words invented with the help of the internet have become so popular that even Webster added some words to their pages.

The older generation might frown on some of the terms and chuckle softly at others. Here’s is a list of internet slang to get familiar with as you surf the web:

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1. Hashtag

The hashtag, as it’s known on the internet, is used by many websites to help streamline users’ abilities to search their content. Twitter’s initial concept did not allow for the ability to use them. It was Twitter’s users who developed the ability to tag their posts with the hashtag.

Each hashtag is marked at the beginning by a # symbol, known as a pound sign. The proper name, oddly enough, is actually ‘octothorp.’ While it first started on Twitter, the feature has expanded to the rest of the web.

One example of a popular hashtag is #tacotuesday. It can be used whether you’re having a plate of Asada tacos at your local food truck or getting a 12-pack of crunchy tacos from Taco Bell.

2. AMA (Ask Me Anything)

This particular internet term was first coined on the forum and sharing community known as Reddit, a site used by many people across the globe. It is a shortening of the phrase “Ask Me Anything,” used when a well-known individual such as an actor, performing artist, or politician goes online and allows the community the opportunity to ask them questions.

It is often used on Facebook Live and Instagram Live as well.

3. Bump

This is a pretty simple term often used in forums. As topic are listed by order of the last comment, the ‘bump’ is used in a comment thread to push certain topics to the top of the list.

For example:
“That’s a great explanation. Bump!”

4. Troll

In mythology, these creatures were seen as being afraid of light who harassed travelers from their under-bridge home. In the age of the almighty internet, a troll(s) is/are people who take pleasure in getting people fuming mad or start disagreements for entertainment.

As trolls have ‘come into existence,’ so has a phrase from their opposition. “Don’t feed the trolls” means to not interact with some ‘trolling,’ because it will only encourage them to take it further.

Trolls make appearances in many places, from the comments section of a Facebook thread to a news station’s homepage forums.

5. Lurker

While the name itself sounds pretty sinister, they’re not such a handful to deal with. Lurkers are people who visit websites, blogs, or forum but do not leave comments. Outside of the internet, “to lurk” refers to hiding just out of sight.

Example:
“I know I have lurkers because they disliked my video but didn’t leave a comment.”

6. Meme

You’d be surprised to know that this word was around long before the internet we all enjoy so much. Originally, the word was first coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 and is defined as “a unit of cultural information as a concept, belief, or practice that spreads from person to person in a way analogous to the transmission of genes.”

Memes can be an idea, image, or tune that can be passed on or imitated.

In the online world, memes are either pictures, video, or text that is changed over and over again. Many sites have cropped up, allowing internet users the chance to put their own spin on popular internet memes.

7. Facepalm

As the name itself implies, this is done by putting one’s palm to their face. It is often an expression adopted by many annoyed when something glaringly obvious is stated, or when they say something very unintelligent.

8. Epic

Another term that got its start online, internet users refer to easily avoidable mistakes as “epic fails.” ‘Epic’ itself is in reference to poems that described the adventures of legendary heroes. One such example is Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey.

Today it is often used to describe a successful skateboarding trick or the tasty meal you had earlier that day.

9. Noob

Used to describe when a person is new to a profession or more often an online game. It can also be used to describe someone with no knowledge of a subject. Individuals may often use it to describe themselves when they do not fully understand something.
It can be written as “newb” or “n00b,” the O’s replaced by the number zero.

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