So I was thinking this as my industry peers are tweeting at 10.24pm on a Wednesday evening.
Corin just used the acronym, ‘LMAO’, (reference) and I felt I just had to comment. Part of me wanted to reply immediately and say, “ewww you used geek lingo!” and the other part said, “yeah, it’s so common on the internets, Hana. I’m surprised you’re not using it yourself. It’s the done thing. Keep up will ya?!” And I am going to say, no, it’s not the done thing. Just because someone else does it, does not mean you have to join in too.
I have a friend who back in high school, when the terms ‘lol‘, ‘lmao‘ and ‘rofl‘ etc, were in full swing and had been for at least two years, (probably much much longer, go on, correct me *rolls eyes*), had an eclectic taste in music and a very unique sense of humour. He was and is awesome.
I clearly remember an evening with a bunch of friends having a good old gag, and he was sat there on the couch saying, “Lol, lol, lol, lol”. It was funny I tell you. I mean who says “lol” (and not ‘laugh out loud’ though that would rightly be funny too) in normal conversation?! Needless to say, I loved his sense of humour.
On to my point. I think grammar is important, and grammatical correctness. Granted most of the time I do not get it correct, however I am a stickler for punctuation when I know it’s needed. Granted, my assignments that I submit are never in tiptop order either, but the intention is there. To me, grammar matters. Punctuation matters. Spelling things correctly matters.
I even try to get my punctuation correct in text messages!
In fact, right now, I’m tempted to link to dictionary.com or urbandictionary.com… in fact, going back and proofreading this, I did in fact link to urbandictionary.com.
In doing so, I found that lol has a number of definition entries. I get the feeling urban dictionary is actually a wiki… (brain is clicking).
Ok, any more mentioning of dissecting the use of geek lingo or ‘lolspeak’ <— get that! There’s even a name for a spinoff of this language! , and people are going to start hunting me down. Please don’t.
FYI #1 I am not against geek lingo, I just think it is interesting linguistically. I often find myself asking people for the definition of an acronym they’ve just used in electronic conversation with me, because I haven’t heard it before. I’m not actually up with the play.
FYI #2 I keep a te reo maori dictionary in my handbag if I can redeem myself in some way. I am trying to learn one language other than English.
Sigh. ok, I’m done having a blat. ttyl. thxkbai.
nb: I wrote this post on Wednesday the 8th of June, exactly 4 days after I should’ve written it. This post is dated the 4th of June to keep in line with the other posts, (and to make it look like I wasn’t letting the team down) however it contains a reference to a tweet of Corin’s on Wednesday the 8th, therefore theoretically referring to something occurring in the future My apologies for messing with your brain and letting the team down.