Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Deciphering Internet Slang and Abbreviations

Netspeak confusion by Native and Pilgrim
You're starting to get the hang of doing business online.  Email, blogging, Facebook, Twitter - you've figured them out now...right?  I'm really pretty tech savvy and can figure out most things I run into.  What I didn't count on was running into all these acronyms and abbreviations that are multiplying like rabbits (or zucchini) all over the Internet.  With limits on our precious time and character limits on Twitter, our society has developed some sort of unique language to say as much as possible in 140 characters or less.

For most of my life, I've prided myself on being able to figure out most acronyms.  I can usually get pretty close to the actual words the letters stand for.  It's not hard when it's the National Association of something or other, but I was absolutely stumped by this one - SMH.  I ran across it on Twitter this morning and could not figure it out.  This was going to haunt me all day and I would get no work done unless I found an answer.  Clicking on the #SMH hashtag provided no real clues, either.  It turns out that SMH means "shaking my head" and I definitely am...

Well, hallelujah and praise the Google search! I found this site that gives meaning to the newfangled alphabet soup.  InternetSlang.com is a great resource for web acronyms, web abbreviations and netspeak. They aren't Etsy savvy, though, so don't try looking up BNR there.  You'll have to trust the definitions I've posted here.

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