Netspeak: An Analysis Of Internet Jargon

Approximately 30 million people world-wide use the Internet and online
services daily. The Net is growing exponentially in all areas, and a
rapidly increasing number of people are finding themselves working and
playing on the Internet. The people on the Net are not all rocket
scientists and computer programmers; they're graphic designers, teachers,
students, artists, musicians, feminists, Rush Limbaugh-fans, and your next
door neighbors. What these diverse groups of people have in common is their
language. The Net community exists and thrives because of effective written
communication, as on the net all you have available to express yourself are
typewritten words. If you cannot express ...

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the net" are occuring more and more frequently in our
newspapers and on television. If you're like most Americans, you're feeling
bombarded by Netspeak. Television advertisers, newspapers, and
international businesses have jumped on the "Information Superhighway"
bandwagon, making the Net more accessible to large numbers of not-entirely-
technically-oriented people. As a result, technological vocabulary is
entering into non-technological communication. For example, even the
archaic UNIX command "grep," (an acronym meaning Get REpeated Pattern) is
becoming more widely accepted as a synonym of "search" in everyday

The argument rages as to whether Netspeak is merely slang, or a jargon in
and of itself. The language is emerging based loosely upon
telecommunications vocabulary and computer jargons, with new derivations
and compounds of existing words, and shifts creating different usages; all
of which depending quite heavily upon clippings. Because of these reasons,
the ...

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adding the prefix "hyper-" to the word "text," produces the definition
"a method of storing data through a computer program that allows a user to
create and link fields of information at will and to retrieve the data
nonsequentially," according to Webster's College Dictionary.

Proper names also make a large impact on the vocabulary of Net users.
Archie, Jughead, and Veronica are all different protocols for searching
different areas of the Internet for specific information. Another new use
of proper names is for descriptive purposes. For example, the proper-name
turned descriptive noun/verb/adjective "Gabriel" has come to be understood
as a stalling tactic, or a form of filibustering; ...

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