Internet slang (Internet shorthand, Cyber-slang, netspeak, chatspeak, or translexical phonological abbreviation) refers to a variety of slang languages used by different communities on the Internet. It is difficult to provide a standardized definition of Internet slang due to the constant changes made to its nature. However, it can be understood to be a type of slang that Internet users have popularized, and in many cases, have coined. Such terms often originate with the purpose of saving keystrokes or to compensate for small character limits. Many people use the same abbreviations in texting and instant messaging, and social networking websites.
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    … high barriers to entry “One [netspeak] term that died but was very important: ROT13. If you wanted to type something that was NSFW (not safe for work) – you ROT13’d it. (rotated 13 characters over for every letter) You had to type a special command (ROT13) to decode it.” ~Pioneering engineer of the first Palm Pilot and early employee at Yelp…

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