Adopting Internet Slang

I speak two languages: English and internet. And by internet, I don’t mean binary code or HTML/CSS, I mean internet speak. All the terms and slang that has developed and is used all over. “Fleek”, “finna”, “wig”, “BDE”, “had to do it to ’em”…the list goes on and on. The terms are used usually for comedic effect because there is an understanding that most of these words aren’t professional and sophisticated. So we use them in a funny Twitter reply or in a roast or something. Comprehending these new words and phrases isn’t hard, but I can see how someone not as well read online can have no clue what they mean. Even I have to occasionally pull up Urban Dictionary to make sure I’m on the same page.

Like a meme, (heck, some of the slang basically is a meme itself), it can be hard to figure out where the slang came from. Who was the first person to say “mans” and how did so many people take to it? I think it’s impressive. It’s been said that a lot of internet slang and terms (and some real life slang) come from black culture, which I believe. But whether that’s always the case or not, they eventually get spread around so far so fast and used by everyone and anyone. Even me.

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The thing about my use, though, is that I didn’t choose to. I didn’t one day say “I will now begin using ‘stan’.” I just saw it over and over and over online that it seeped into my personal vocabulary, so now, when I’m at curling and someone makes a really good shot, my first thought is “wow, we stan” which is SO DUMB and I know this, but I can’t seem to stop. I don’t say it out loud, but maybe that’s only because most of the curlers playing with me are my parents’ age and I guarantee none of them would have clue what it’d mean. I guess I do it for my own inner comedic dialogue in a sport where there’s not a lot of time for outer conversation.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that any goofy internet slang I do use in my mind or online started ironically. I knew it was goofy and used it mockingly because it was a silly thing to say in life and I wanted a quick chuckle. I just don’t know where or when or how it became not ironic. And this isn’t just exclusive to slang or new words like ‘yeet’. I find myself also saying regular things slightly differently in loose reference to other things online. Like how John Mulaney says “okay” in that one Delta Airlines bit but says it like “OW-KAAAAY!” Or when the guy in the freezable fruit shapes Vine says in a very clear tone “I do not.” Yeah, I do that. I sometimes feel like my whole personality is lowkey based on things other people said on the internet.

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The good news is, I’m apparently not alone. I found this old video from YouTuber Tiffany Ferg, and it’s nice to know that someone as educated and eloquent as her also does it too (side note: her Internet Analysis videos are always really well done and interesting).

I just think it’s interesting to think about the weird words we use and how they got into our vocabulary, either online or in real life. I think it’s cool that the internet has connected us so much that these random and fun new words and phrases can become so important and interesting. Of course, that’s not to say I am adopting or even a fan of all the words. I strongly dislike a lot of internet slang, including but not limited to:

  • bae
  • lil
  • mans
  • finna
  • thot
  • litty
  • smol
  • issa

What online-based words have you found yourself using or do you hate slang trends?

 

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We Don’t Need To Cancel ‘Cancel Culture’

For anyone older than around thirty years old, you may not be familiar with “cancelling” or “cancel culture.” They’re internet terms used to discuss problematic ‘famous’ people or things online. If an influencer or celebrity or company says or does something rude/inappropriate/wrong, it’s common for people, fans or not, to ‘cancel’ them, meaning that they’re cutting off support for said person/company.

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Of course, it’s not as simple as ‘I don’t like Kanye West so I’m not going to listen to his music.’ No, cancel culture has evolved into harsh, life-ruining online bullying. Cancelled people may or may not get a chance to explain or apologize, and overnight, they could lose brand deals, money, followers, and more because people online get so angry and vicious and loud, and it becomes this mob-mentality of hate and rudeness. And while sometimes the offender did do something so bad it’s worthy of the treatment (Harvey Weinstein, for example, got cancelled by basically everyone on the planet) but often it’s smaller actions like an old racist tweet or a misinterpreted interview comment that are still bad but maybe not worth losing livelihoods over. As popular as cancel culture is, it’s also incredibly harmful, and a lot of people know this, but in a lot of internet communities, it’s very prevalent.

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I like to keep up with YouTube drama. It’s mindless and I don’t really care for any YouTubers/Beauty Gurus, so I really am just there to keep up with pop culture and the nonsense. There have been many, many, many small scandals over the years, but there have also been a few larger events that really rocked YouTube. Through it all, cancel culture runs the most rampant because no one is there to police it, really. We have some entitled YouTubers doing dumb/awful/rude things because they can or don’t know better, drama channels/social media reporting it all and making it into A Big Deal, and impressionable fans cancelling left and right, forcing YouTubers to lose a lot and ‘go to a really dark place.’ It’s not a perfect system, but it is one that is kind of needed.

One drama/makeup YouTuber I watch occasionally wisely said in a recent video about MannyMUA’s cancelling experience that a lot of the times, it’s not ‘cancel culture’, it is ‘holding you accountable culture.’ The people being cancelled usually did do something we can mostly agree is bad, and they, as a public figure making money off our views/purchases, need to know when they messed up and why people are unhappy about it. They need consequences and they need to know that they could be completely cancelled if they don’t learn. The problem is that the immediate cancelling is often done in a harsh way. There are (surprise, surprise) people who can’t just express their disappointment/thoughts or desire to no longer support someone in a mature way. And it’s these awful people who ruin cancel culture for the rest because they can’t just go about their lives actually not giving attention to the cancelled person. The other problem is that the event/allegations may not be true, yet the public may not have that info or even want to consider it because they’re ready to cancel anyone.

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People online have a lot of power when they come together, and I do think it’s good that the power is often being used to call out wrongdoings. That’s why cancel culture doesn’t need to end. It just needs to be done in a different, more productive way. Less for entertainment and meanness and more for informing and learning. If you have ever on social media of some sort expressed a ‘cancelling’ (because even I have) and think you will again, maybe consider how harsh you may be and how productive doing so is. Make your activism count. And I know it can be hard to decide when to not support someone after a cancel-worthy event. This is the world we’re in.

What are your thoughts on cancel culture? How do you think the internet should handle problematic people?

That’s all for now!

 

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Spammers Need To Step It Up

I think everyone has at one point gotten some spam in their life. Maybe it was an email. Maybe it was a sketchy phonecall. And if you’re a blogger, maybe it was a comment.

WordPress’s Akismet does a great job catching spam comments. I think there’s only ever been maybe one or two that have gotten through for me, and out of over 1100+, that’s really good.

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I like reading the spam that comes in to my blog. Most of it is garbage and gibberish, but once in a while there’s something funny. So I decided to screenshot all the spam I get for a few weeks, just to show you what I go through. This isn’t all my spam, but I didn’t bother screenshotting the (many, many) doubles, so just know there was a lot more than the 20 I have here. There’s a lot of sketchy links and a lot of very random, unrelated gibberish, and even some foreign languages. Please enjoy my spam! (Sorry the formatting is weird; I wanted to make it into a slideshow but the text was hard to read that way, so this way you can click the images and read them clearer or flip through them quickly).

Fun stuff, right? I’m mostly just surprised that people (/robots?) waste time trying to do this on my little blog. Surely there are more popular blogs run by dumber people. I’ve love to know the click-through rate for spammers like this. Is anyone falling for it?

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And what really interests me the most is just how wildly stupid and unrelated this spam is. Do I seem like I need Cialis or other online meds? Even if I did, I wouldn’t buy it through these awkward, choppy, copy/paste spam comments. I think that even if these spammers had a sketchy link, I’d be 1000% more inclined to click it if they presented it in a more relatable way. They could be like “Hey! I liked this post. I agree that Agents Of SHIELD is the best Marvel show. I write about TV too! Check out my blog!” and have some random link and I’d probably click it just in case it’s a real blogger.

My point is that spammers really need to step up their game. The internet is full of morons, and I think that with a little effort and a little creativity, spammers could totally get some more of them to click these awful, awful comments.

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I can’t wait to see what garbage spam I get on this post.

That’s all for now!

 

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Copying And Stealing Online Angers Me Greatly

There are a lot of great things on the internet and a lot of great opportunities for connection that the internet has afforded us. But one thing that angers me more than anything online, and it’s gotten worse in recent years, is when people blatantly copy (aka steal) things on the internet. My rage regarding this is at immeasurable levels, and I know it’s a dumb thing to get mad about, but I see it far too often, and I know it happens just for clout. Is the validation of strangers online so powerful that so many people feel compelled to do this?

I see it on Twitter the most. There’ll be a funny tweet with thousands and thousands of likes and retweets going around, and it’s one that I know I’ve read word-for-word months/years before, despite the fact that this tweet is only like 15 hours old. That means that this person not only stole a joke/message, but didn’t even bother to rewrite or change it. And because other Twitter users either don’t remember, never saw the original, or don’t care, this one person gets now a bunch of new followers, attention, and interactions.

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And it’s so dumb because it’s very easy to check if the tweet is stolen. Just copy and paste into the search bar and if it’s stolen, you’ll find many, many of the same tweets, probably, all word-for-word. I know stealing content/stories is also unfortunately too common on other platforms like Reddit, but I think it’s harder to check and verify.

Lying online is one thing. There is a slight art to making up something from nothing (and getting away with it). It’s storytelling in the most immoral sense. But at least it’s your lie, you know? It’s a dick move, especially because people are just doing it for clout, but at least they’re not stealing someone else’s stuff. (Related: this post about people lying on LinkedIn and the fun account calling them out.)

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The good news is that some people are up on the scam. In almost all the stolen tweets I’ve seen in the past year, there have been many replies of people using memes to call out the poster for stealing a Tweet. This is good because at least the person knows we know that they’re guilty, and these call-outs are usually the top replies, so they’re somewhat seen. But I think the damage is still done. A lot of people don’t read replies, they just retweet/like because a joke is a joke.

If you are someone who purposely copies things—particularly tweets—online, I hope you know that you’re an awful person. And if you don’t but you see something that you know has been stolen online, either call it out or refuse to engage with the content. It’s unfortunate that the internet has made it so easy to copy or steal something, and I hope platforms and users take a stand and do what they can to stop or lessen the occurrences.

Okay, rant over. I just really needed to get that out. Again, I know it’s only a slight problem probably not worth a whole blog post, but I see it so often. Humans suck sometimes.

deep sigh gif.

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The Good Stuff: The State Of LinkedIn

I don’t use LinkedIn that often. In my second year of university, I had a prof that raved about its benefits, so I created an account and updated it whenever I was about to begin the harrowing Summer Job Search. That was about all I used it for until I got my current job, where I now use it for the company (I’m in marketing), but even then I’m not doing a lot with it. I always saw LinkedIn as something that had a good concept but in practicality wasn’t giving results, especially not for people my age at the start of our careers so all our connections were just our friends. I also don’t like the idea of connecting with complete strangers just for the sake of seeming connected.

Anyway, every morning at work, I scroll through my LinkedIn feed quickly, and I’ve seen an increasing number of wildly pretentious posts from grown adults. It’s like when hot Instagrammers flex except it’s middle-aged businessmen. And these posts are often from people who’ve got about eight job titles displayed, one of which is usually motivational speaker or author (both of which are stretches, I’m sure).

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And I’m not the only one who is amused and confused by these posts, because I’ve stumbled across a great little Twitter account called State Of LinkedIn and they basically just share the cringiest of the cringy LinkedIn posts for us to enjoy and laugh at. It’s very interesting to see just how weird people can be on LinkedIn, which I think is the least interesting platform. If you’re gonna lie online for clout, do it on Twitter or Facebook where you can get maybe a bit of fame from it. And yes, I did say lie. A lot of the posts that State Of LinkedIn shares are just a little too good to be true, meaning they’re probably fake. But if these people insist on doing it in 2019, then I think State Of LinkedIn is free to roast them for it.

So whether you’ve seen this nonsense on LinkedIn or not, enjoy this small sample of tweets from State Of LinkedIn:

Even if State Of LinkedIn’s commentary isn’t the funniest, what they’re sharing is always an amusing read, and I hope I’ve managed to get that across with these tweets. There are many more where they came from, so if you also get a kick out of silly people online, follow their account.

I hope you’ve learned to not be annoying on LinkedIn. And I hope you’ve enjoyed this second installment of The Good Stuff!

That’s all for now!

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