A glossary of netspeak and textspeak

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Edinburgh University Press, 2004 - Computers - 197 pages
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 8-0? Or cu4T? 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 cell phone technology, and it gives a dictionary-style treatment of those Internet terms that have begun to change their meaning in colloquial speech. Along with a definition, each of these entries contains a set of illustrations showing contemporary usage, helping you to understand and -- if you wish -- to participate in the cool communication of the electronic age. The book 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.

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About the author (2004)

David Crystal is the author of Language and the Internetand more than fifty books on the English language and linguistics, as well as being a dictionary writer. He has been a consultant, contributor, or presenter on several radio and television programs, including the BBC program "The Story of English.

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