What is This?

Posted on September 6, 2012


One of the fun things about the internet has always been watching fads in online language arise from nowhere, enjoy a brief flurry of currency, then vanish again. Thanks to smart phones we now see a lot less of the cu l8r stuff and, with the exception of the occasional ironic kitteh, the childish pseudo leet (itself pretty childish, let’s be honest) of lolspeak has pretty much vanished too.

But every year brings something new, and many of the newer phraseologies have arisen as a result of the constraints of twitter. For example, I see a lot of people writing bc instead of because (or the, I suppose, old fashioned cos) and similar abbreviations. Some of them are clever, some of them sound weird to the ear; some of them I can live with, some not so much.

It’s a personal thing, but the one that’s really begun to bug me is when people post a link to something they agree with and accompany it with one word: This. Where did this come from? What’s wrong with “I agree” or “me too”. Even +1 (thanks Google+), is better. But this to my ear sounds portentious, pretentious, and fist-thumpingly didactic.

Sort it out, internet users.