The Internet has provided us with many awesome things, but some of the most fascinating ones are the Internet slang words, that seem to seep into our everyday vocabulary without us realizing it. The English language is already changing because of the Internet and how we’re communicating but that’s OK, because language in general is alive and it should change and evolve. The real question here is that if the addition of Internet slang words to the English language, or any language for that matter, really counts as language evolution, rather than involution. To be honest, this is not the time or place to discuss such things. Only time would tell if that is the case, so until then, here are 10 popular Internet slang words for you to enjoy.
BFF stands for best friends forever and it is mostly used by teenage girls in need of a more serious past time than just hanging online and talking to their colleagues. Back in the day, being someone’s best friend was good enough, but kids nowadays want more from their friends, they want them to stick around FOREVER. Isn’t forever a nice word when you’re young?
Darlings, ever since YOLO became popular I swear more people have been doing stupid crap! There’s even a documented case of a young man who tweeted while drunk and driving that he was drunk and driving and that you only live once. He crashed and died seconds later after the tweet. If you ever feel like saying YOLO, stop and think about it.
I don’t give a f***k is what teens and adults alike say when they simply… well, when they don’t give a f***k. But why say all the words when you can simply say IDGAF? You sound much more mysterious and up on all the trends. Also, if you’re still living with your parents or you’re at work, you can say this without having to fear repercussions.
If you don’t know what NSFW means then you haven’t lived… in an office, that is. Not safe for work refers to all those pictures/gifs that can’t be viewed while at work or by people who have an issue with nudity and/or porn. Go on, live a little and do a Google search for NSFW pictures!
Age/sex/location is as old as time but it still works in certain situations. I’d really like for it to go away, because it really bugs me that people can’t spend a second longer to type those three little words. Whenever I see someone ask me this, I automatically reject them. Is it just me, or a/s/l is simply the lamest thing ever?
5. Pocket Dial
Out of all the Internet slang words this one is the most accessible. It happened to all of us, minding our own business when all of a sudden our phone decides it’s time we called our mother. Count your lucky stars if nothing embarrassing gets out.
This is one of my favorite Internet slang words and it means in real life. So many of us are beginning to feel as if they’re living a double life: one online, filled with action, events and friends and a real life filled with a bright laptop display. Invest more in your real life is all I have to say (says me, while chatting with 10 friends on Facebook who I’ve only seen a couple of times IRL).
Why say I don’t know when you can be cool and hip and say IDK? Try this: while talking to your mother, father, or any other relative that is close to your parent’s age, drop IDK into the conversation and wait for them to either ask you what it means or figure it out by themselves. I tried it with my aunt and if I didn’t tell her, she would still be wondering what it means. Needless to say, I’m the brightest tool in the shed in my family.
Too long; didn’t read is said not only as a response to a post that is, obviously, too long to read, but also as a way of asking for a small summary of the piece. With the risk of sounding like my grandfather, kids these days don’t have patience anymore, that’s why we suspect TL;DR will become more and more popular.
LOL may stand for laughing out loud, but these days nobody’s using it for when they’re actually laughing out loud. That’s what hahaha is for (feel free to add or subtract any amount of has from there). LOL has a ton of irony attached to it. It’s the perfect thing to say in a response to your roommate’s invitation for an early Sunday morning jog.
Do you use Internet slang words? Would you like to add anything else to our list? If you do, then drop us a line in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you.