a.k.a. cyberslang, electronic language, e-mail style, geekspeak, hi-tech lingo, hybrid shorthand, interactive written discourse, netlingo, net lingo, netspeak, slang, slanguage, textese, textspeak
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The word "jargon" refers to terminology that is associated with a specific profession, group, or activity and most often covers the language used by people who have a common interest. Like slang, it can develop as a kind of shorthand, to express ideas that are frequently discussed between members of a group, though it can also be developed deliberately using chosen terms.
Here's an example: "My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :-@ kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc." It is translated like this: "My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend, and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York. It's a great place."
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NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon
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