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Internet slang (Cyber-slang, netspeak)) refers to a variety of slang languages used by different people on the Internet. It can be understood to be a type of slang that Internet users have popularized. Many people use the same abbreviations in texting and instant messaging, and social networking websites. Acronyms, keyboard symbols and abbreviations are common types of Internet slang.


In pop culture

In English, examples include the word "bazinga" from the CBS show The Big Bang Theory.In Japanese, the term moe has come into common use among slang users to mean something extremely cute and appealing. Regular words can also be altered into something with a similar pronunciation but altogether different meaning.Phonetic transcriptions of foreign words, such as the transformation of "impossible" into "impossibru" in Japanese and then back to English, also occur.


The primary motivation for using a slang unique to the Internet is to ease communication. Internet slang provides a channel which facilitates and constrains our ability to communicate in ways that are fundamentally different from those found in other semiotic situations.

Views on Internet slang

There have been ongoing debates about how the use of slang on the Internet influences language usage outside of technology. Even though the direct causal relationship between the Internet and language has yet to be proven by any scientific research,Internet slang has invited split views on its influence on the standard of language use in non-computer-mediated communications.