Internet Slang

If you could add a single word to the English language, what would it be?

Zareen Chiba, 18, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

Friday, 8 June, 2012, 12:00am

What new emoticons does the world need?

Jocelyn Chan, 15, St Paul's Co-educational College

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

In the end you'll get the message

Older readers and purists do not much like the shorthand that is creeping into English thanks to internet chat rooms and messaging services. To them, LOL, meaning 'laugh out loud', will never replace merely laugh, nor is it likely that they will say 'BTW' instead of 'by the way'.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Literature classics in 140 characters

Twitterature By Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin Published by Penguin ISBN 978 0141047713

Twittermania has been applied to the world's greatest literature. Students bewildered by Hamlet will finally understand what he's saying as the Prince of Denmark's self-doubt is translated into webspeak.

Welcome to Twitterature.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Does simple text language help boost communication?

Matthew Murchie, 15, St Joseph's College

A lot of people say youngsters' language standards have dropped because of the abbreviations used in text messaging.

It's true that many teens chat online and use SMS to keep in touch with their friends and relatives.

As a result, abbreviations like 'cu' and '88' have become very popular.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


It's not winning that matters, it's taking part

Wow, this game looks good! Too bad I've never played it before.

Well, I'll give it a shot.

Whoa, someone is challenging me to a match!

Time to rumble!

Hey, this guy is good . . .

... he's beating me pretty badly!

This guy is such a noob!

17 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Sting nets pirated cartoon discs

Customs seizes $310,000 in videos marketed on Web

A jobless man and his girlfriend who allegedly placed a list of more than 200 pirated Japanese cartoon movies on an internet auction site have been arrested in an undercover sting, a senior customs officer said yesterday.

18 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

A brief explanation of abbreviations

There are many different types of abbreviations, or forms of words that have been made briefer. This is not an attempt to fully classify them, but some notes on the topic that may help you to sort them out.

Latin abbreviations- eg - exempli gratia, for example.

etc - et cetera, and others. As 'et' means 'and', you do not include 'and' in a list ending with 'etc'.

23 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Police working towards fraud discovery

Election tampering, meetings out of control, voters storming out in protest, police called to make the peace, a criminal investigation.

Welcome to Parkvale Village, Discovery Bay.

9 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

'Emoticons' stand in for facial expressions and body language in electronic messages

EVER NOTICED those funny faces made up of punctuation marks and symbols used in e-mail and chat room messages? Those creative keystrokes are called 'emoticons' - a combination of the words 'emotion' and 'icon'.

Emoticons are used to compensate for the lack of voice inflections, facial expressions and body language in electronic messages.

19 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

10 things to watch out for when...Using e-mail for business purposes

Mind your language

E-mail by nature is an informal means of communication, but spelling and grammar rules still apply. Sentences should be short and to the point.

Avoid gimmicks

24 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

E-mail slang 'ruining' children's grammar skills

CHILDREN'S enthusiasm for e-mail shorthand and slang is ruining grammar skills and threatens to consign the hand-written letter to history, a study suggests.

3 Sep 2000 - 12:00am


China should build a domestic Internet system with locally developed software to counter 'Western hegemony', an official newspaper said.

The Guangming Daily, which attracts intellectuals, said the mainland risked anarchy if its economic and social development became dependent on a world system developed by Western countries.

11 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Time to get connected to browsing off-line

Browsing the Web can be a time-consuming and often expensive process. This is true even if your Internet service provider offers a fast proxy server, you still have to be on-line to access the information.

16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Let your senses do the talking

We never think twice about sniffing an oyster to make sure it hasn't gone off. So why be unsure as to how to behave with wine in a restaurant? Bad shellfish, bad wine: both make a meal memorable for all the wrong reasons.

8 Aug 1997 - 12:00am