Its probably a given that I spend a lot of time on the internet. Whether I'm writing something, posting on Facebook or just scrolling through Pintrest while watching YouTube videos, I am almost always online.
With that, comes a lot of the internet slang, and while I am part of a generation growing up with the Internet handy at all times, I simply do not get the internet slang. No, let me re-phrase that. I get it, in the sense that I understand it (most of it), but I don't like it. Nor do I understand why its needed at all. Like, honestly just spell the word!
Its not even just words that are changed, its things that are said on the internet just because they're on the internet! I have a few examples of the things that honestly just irritate me.
(Does anyone even give a shit here? No, probably not. But someone might relate. Perhaps that's something that bothers others on the internet. People always feeling the need to tell all. I don't have an issue with that, clearly.)
I don't actually even know where to start. Let me first say that I can tell its all clearly digressed into this because I remember just learning about "chatspeak" when I was ten or eleven. By chatspeak, I mean things like, "G2G", "LOL", "BRB", ect. Those things don't bother me, especially not 'lol". It has lost its meaning at this point, its kind of just something you add to your sentence to lighten the mood or something. Its almost a puncuation mark at this point in time. Am I the only one that thinks that? I feel like that's quite possible, actually.
But today, people are over the top with everything. There's certain people, typically named 'fangirls' of anything, that will appear to be "Screaming", "crying" and "dying" over just a picture. I know for a fact that a picture of Jack Barakat did not make you scream, cry and keel over because if that were the case, you wouldn't have been able to post that. Not to mention, you would have severely annoyed anyone around you if you screamed and cried over a picture. It just seems over the top to me, and yes, it does get on my nerves sometimes.
It even goes further sometimes, when they're really excited and they won't just say 'I'm crying." over something overly cute or funny. They'll do it in all caps, and misspelled. Here's an example: "OMG M Y B A B Y. I'M CYIRNG. I'M SRCEAMNIG." Like dude, calm down. If you're really that excited over something that you can't spell words you learned in your early school days -stop trying to type and take a deep breath. Because, if you're that excited, I'd imagine your heart is racing a mile a second, and you might give yourself a heart attack. Relax.
Obviously, I am exaggerating some over what's going on behind the computer screen. This is just what comes to my mind when I see stuff like that. Chances are they just go, "Aw how cute." or chuckle at something, post it with that caption and then move on without ever changing their facial expression. I just always paint a full scenario in my head when I see it.
Then there's words that the internet has fully just made up for the hell of it. The one that actually started this entire rant, is actually a censored version of 'bitch'. People have taken to saying things like 'bish please.' And frankly, it irritates me. All of this irritates me, obviously, but that is two things in one that are bugging me right now. First off, its censorship. If you're going to call someone a bitch -just say it. Unless you're far too young to be cussing, in which case, don't say it or anything that's meant to be it.
But seeing that one made me think of a bunch of others that the internet have made up and people have totally ran with. Some of these are not 'words', just some random phrases. I've compilled a short list for you.
Bae- Originally thought to be a ghetto way to say, "babe", actually means 'before anyone else.'
While this is actually kind of sweet in meaning, it sounds stupid. Its kind of like "YOLO" if you ask me, it has a good meaning, but people use it all wrong. Except, people do tend to use 'bae' in conjunction to someone else that they really care about, the way its presented in a sentence tends to irritate me. Why? Because I hear the grammar of it. Ever since I learned that it means "before anyone else", that's how I read it! If someone says, "This is my bae." I read it as "This is my before anyone else." Which is just an awful sentence! Now if someone says, "This person is bae." It sounds kind of dumb when you say it in a sentence, but when you think of the meaning, its actually grammatically correct. "This person is before anyone else." That makes sense to me. Yes, I know, I over think it all. I really like words, okay? And when people make up new ones that just sound dumb to me, I tend to think about how much I don't like it every time I see it. Again, yes I know. its stupid. Let's move on now.
h12- A friend of mine claims she made this one up, but I've seen more than just her use it before. I've been told it means "more than hate." It kind of comes from years ago when people started saying things like, "gr8" or 'h8', and just somehow spiraled. When I first heard it even, I just honestly went, "What? Why? Just say you really hate something..."
There's a ton more I could use as an example, but frankly, I think you've read enough and I've probably made my point. I love the internet -not its slang.
So what do you guys think? Do you use internet slang at all, or do you try to avoid most of it at all costs? Honestly, I use old school internet slang in casual conversations from time to time, but for the most part, I just say everything normally. Maybe that's the writer in me, I'm not sure. Hopefully this blog either amused you, or at least did not annoy you. Thanks for reading and I'll be back soon with a whole bunch of things here on Immortal Music.
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