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A new internet language has cropped up in recent years: birbspeak, which purports to communicate the thoughts of birds. Popular purveyors of birbspeak include the Twitter account Birds Rights Activist, which has over 371,000 followers, the Facebook account Birb, which had some 12,000 followers, and the website Important Birds. An animal language on the internet […]more
Our subject today is DoggoLingo, an internet language whose star (Sirius, obviously) has been steadily on the rise. Like LOLCat – which has long been the most famous comic language on the web, a convention used to ventriloquize pictures of felines captured in human-like attitudes – DoggoLingo usually appears alongside an image. Unlike LOLCat, however, […]more
English is a truly global language with hundreds of regional variations worldwide, including over 50 dialects of British English alone. It is also the primary language of the internet, and the virtual world has spawned its own varieties of English too. These online dialects, often spread by memes, have been around long enough now for […]more
A lolcat is defined as ‘(on the Internet) a photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous caption written typically in a misspelled and grammatically incorrect version of English’. The lol stands for ‘laughing out loud’ or ‘laugh out loud’. You may well have seen them about online, eating cheeseburgers and offering advice to their […]more
This month’s update saw a host of new words and senses enter OxfordDictionaries.com, with the internet and popular culture being once again a strong influence on the way people talk and write (lolcat, digital footprint). But now it’s time for YOU to prove that you’re up to date with current word trends! Take our new […]more
Try not to be jel, but some xlnt new words have gone into OxfordDictionaries.com in December’s mahoosive update. Whether you’re a shiny bum reading this while eating al desko or taking a break while you respawn, don’t be a keyboard warrior or say IDC – just sit back and enjoy the new words. Simples. Slang […]more