Do You Speak Internet? 10 Must-know Words

  1. UGC

    An acronym for user-generated content. This is anything created from a user rather than traditional editor or writer for an online community. Some simple examples are photos and videos.

  2. #

    A symbol for the word hashtag. A word or phrase with a # is used to mark keywords or topics, primarily used on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

  3. < 3

    A text version for a heart. It is often used to express love.

  4. Troll

    A user who posts negative, sometimes inflammatory comments to provoke and annoy an online community.

  5. LOL

    An acronym for laughing out loud. This is used to describe humor and joy. It can also be a pragmatic particle (see video) aka a phrase used to fill in gaps in discourse.

  6. Meme

    An idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture“–Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist. Online, memes exist in phrases, image macros and GIFs.

  7. Viral

    An item—usually a video—that has become popular or shared across media.

  8. YOLO

    An acronym for you only live once. Originally used by tweens and teens to explain the reason for doing something crazy. “I died my hair orange because YOLO.” Older generations have started to use it for reasons to act safely. “I always wear my seatbelt. YOLO.

  9. #GPOY

    An acronym for gratuitous picture of yourself. This is common on Tumblr, where users can tag photos of themselves. Usually close ups of their face and upper chest.

  10. Fail

    A phrase: “used to point out a person’s mistake or shortcoming, often regardless of its magnitude.”


One comment

  1. There are a lot of theories that mobile and social networking will forever alter the English language, maybe even universalize it (doubt that).

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