A Glossary of Netspeak and Textspeak

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Edinburgh University Press, 2004 - Computers - 197 pages
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Have you been flamed recently?Or pinged?Or felt 404?Do you know the difference between a MUD and a MOO?Or between a WAP and a WISP?Can you translate 8-o ?Or cu4T?Do you know what your country's domain name is?This exciting glossary provides all the answers. It includes an A to Z of the jargon entering the English language with the rise of the Internet and mobile phone technology, and it gives a dictionary-style treatment of those Internet terms which have begun to change their meaning in colloquial speech. Alongside a definition, each of these entries contains a set of illustrations showing contemporary usage, helping you to understand and - if you wish - actively participate in the cool communication of the electronic age. A Glossary of Netspeak and Textspeak also contains a comprehensive guide to the special languages that have developed within electronic media - smileys and text messaging - and a complete listing of Internet domain names. Features:* The first glossary of Internet and mobile phone terminology* Includes numerous examples of real usage* Written by a leading expert on language and linguistics* Contains comprehensive lists of special symbols.This book is a must-have for anyone wanting to keep pace with the revolutionary trends in English usage going on around them :-)

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David Crystal is the author of Language and the Internetand more than 50 books on the English language and linguistics, as well as being a dictionary writer, the editor of a family of general encyclopedias, and the creator of a series of Internet initiatives. This unique combination of backgrounds informs A Glossary of Netspeak and Textspeak, which displays the accessibility and clarity that have become renowned as the Crystal hallmarks.

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