Do you frequently use ‘Lol’ or ‘Omg’? – The rise in Popularity of Internet Slang

“Shoot me a text” is quite common amongst Generation Z

Texting has become a fashion statement, though voice calls aren’t in peril of going defunct but millennials regard it as invasive on many occasions, another reason can be lack of time. They have eschewed voice and drifted towards messaging. Texting is not just restricted to formal messages, but as people spend more time online, it predominantly influenced our day-to-day conversation. The internet slang has altered the way people use dialogue which has been globally implemented. With the growing pace of revolution on the internet, people are embracing more new words than before. The online medium has raced up the process of change of a language which is quite evident from the fact that words spread faster on the internet than it used to with the help of mouth publicity.

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At first glimpse, it may appear that online slangs won’t help in learning a language.

Though, the world has accepted these jargons, even the abbreviations like ASAP – as soon as possible, FYI – for your information etc. are used in official mails. The professional world has embraced these words with open arms and the presence is noticeable in official email, memo every day.

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Texting has formed its own kind of language and grammar. Do you frequently use “Lol” or “Omg” or “Yolo”? Do they sound alien to you? It may sound alien to your parents, but not to the millennials. It is so extensively used in internet and text messages that people even use it often while communicating face to face.

Lol doesn’t literally mean “Laughing out loud” but it’s more like an expression used even when nothing is tenuously humorous.

It has accepted as something much elusive and urbane. Social media is flooded with “Lol” irrespective of the content which is bleakly amusing. For an example, I texted my friend during lockdown what are you doing? She replied, washing clothes followed by Lol. Therefore, there was no literal meaning of the same, instead Lol indicates basic compassion between the people who are texting each other, releasing stress, sarcasm and building a sense of likeness.

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The word Lol carries an approach, but of all things, it’s a new way of communication, similar is the case with ROFL – Rolling on floor laughing or LMAO – Laughing my a.. Off”, no one precisely means that, but it is acceptable as an English internet slang. instead Lol indicates basic compassion between the people who are texting each other, releasing stress, sarcasm and building a sense of likeness. While it does seem implausible that there are numerous chat abbreviations, phrases and acronyms used by various groups on websites, blogs, forums. It is not just cramped to the internet, but widely used in the form of text messages and as a semantic medium in daily life. This makes us connected to the new millennial’s and make us a better speaker, writer and correspondents

The new language is continuously emerging and new words are used on a daily basis.

The archetypal terms like OMG – Oh my God or FYI – for your information were grilled for their probability for shrinking the English language. The term bae, the abbreviated form of baby or bae has become extremely popular and widely used across the globe. Texting also propagated the substituting of complete word with single letter like, “okay” became “k” and “why” became “y”. Today’s generation is expected to be fluent in both formal English and informal online-communicating pattern. From words to abbreviations to emoji, individuals have a varied assortment of tools in their collection to express their views, feelings online and offline. LOL – Laughing out loud! Is not elongated as just mere utterance, but is now officially acknowledged by the Oxford English Dictionary, which is considered as the prime dictionary for English language along with FYI – For your information and OMG – Oh my God. The simple philosophy is, if style can change why can’t the way we communicate?

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LOL – Laughing out loud! Is not elongated as just mere utterance, but is now officially acknowledged by the Oxford English Dictionary, which is considered as the prime dictionary for English language along with FYI – For your information and OMG – Oh my God.

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