00's internet slang dictionary
Welcome, welcome! Come in and take a seat, we shall begin shortly. My name is Professor M, and today we are going to go over some of the language commonly found on the internet between the years of 2000 and 2010, though there may be some 90's terms sprinkled in. You may certainly be familiar with some of the content we will go over, however you will also encounter many phrases that have since left the vocabulary of modern web-users.
- Short for Laughing Out Loud, a very common phrase to indicate you have found something funny. Can also be used to indicate you have just made a joke or said something in a sarcastic manner. A variant of LOL is LAWL, they mean the same thing, but LAWL is a more comedic way of pronouncing LOL if said out loud. LAWL is not commonly used today.
Ex: Anyway, that's how I lost my medical license LOL!
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Short for Rolling On the Floor Laughing. Used to represent something of extreme humor, something so funny that you lose control of yourself. A variant includes ROFLCOPTER which was initially a meme but was adopted into the vocabulary. Both are uncommonly used today
Ex: Then he said "Madness?.... THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!" and kicks the dude! ROFL!!!!
Short for Laughing My Ass Off. Very similar to ROFL and LOL, all of which can be used interchangeably. A variant of the term LMFAO (Laughing My Fucking Ass Off) was also the name of a band that came to fame in 2008/2009
Ex: Did you see that Keyboard Cat video? LMAO
Short for Oh My God. OMG is used in a variety of contexts, most often used to express shock or excitement from something unexpected and to express anger or frustration at something. A variant of OMG is ZOMG, they mean the same thing, though ZOMG can sometimes be used ironically or sarcastically.
Ex: OMGGGG!!!! DID YOU GET THE NEW TAMAGOTCHI?!?
ASDF is used to indicate randomness, silliness, and excitement! It's the equivalent of modern-day key mashing. ASDF may have been popularized from the classic YouTube series ASDFmovie
Ex: ASDSDFSDSADSD!!! Have you seen The Room?! It's so bad it's almost good!
Woot is a cheer, it is used to express excitement and often used to indicate a victory.
Ex: Guess who just got Halo 2?! WOOOOT!!
A common word used to represent someone who is new and inexperienced at something. Often used in a derogatory manner but can still be found to be said casually or even friendly depending on the context. Variant forms of the term include Newbie, Noobie, and Newb. Some communities may have specialized terms for the same concept. For example, the Gunbound community refers to new players as Chicks because the game represents new players with a sprite of a hatchling chicken.
Ex: Hey guys, I'm kind of a noob, how do I rocket jump?
Rawr means I love you! Rawr is generally understood to be flirtatious, however it is meant in a playful manner rather than a serious expression of love.
Ex: haiiiii ^_^ Rawr XD
Pwned is another way of saying owned, however this does not translate to the standard English definition. Within the intended context of gaming, pwned and owned refer to gloating when you dominate someone in the game, i.e., landing a really good headshot.
Ex: Did you see that grenade throw? PWNED!!!
Short for "For The Win", FTW is often used to express triumph with something in particular. In the context of gaming, one would pair FTW with a particular technique, item, or weapon.
Ex: Energy sword FTW!!
Short for "Be Right Back". Used to indicate you need to step away but will be back soon.
Ex: I got to go eat dinner now, brb!
Short for "Away From Keyboard". Similar to BRB except in most cases AFK would be used as a status rather than a statement. This was commonly done on chat services such as AIM. It can, however, be used interchangeably with BRB.
Ex: XxSlayerzOfDeathxX (AFK, currently petting puppies)
Shorthand for "Got To Go". Used to indicate you are logging off.
Ex: It's been fun but I g2g, I have work in the morning D:
Shorthand for "See Ya".
Ex: Logging out already? Alright, I'l cya tmmrw x3!
Short for "Private Message". Used in a variety of situations to indicate you will contact someone through a private means such as using a /tell [Username] chat command or through a built-in mail system.
Ex: xXTh3MerchantXx: Looking to Buy "The Revolver of 24 Bullets" at a high price. PM me for offers!
Shorthand for please. Varients include Pls and Pwz.
Ex: Gold plz!!!
IRL or In Real Life, is used to indicate anything outside of the net.
Ex: No, Not my Neopet lol, I have to go feed my IRL dog
I Can Has Cheezburger?
"I Can Has Cheezburger?" is perhaps one of the first caption memes. What would initially depict cats staring at burgers would grow into an entire format for funny cat pictures. The format was popularized by a website of the same name, which would eventually grow into what is now known as "Know Your Meme". The phrase "I can has?" quickly entered the vocabulary as a way to cutely ask for something.
Ex: I can has your Runescape party hat :3?
Machinima or Machine Cinema is a term that describes a type of video artform that is staged and shot within the confines of a video game. This basically means using the mechanics of the game to record and act out various scenes. This is often paired with standard video editing techniques such as voice overs, overlays, greenscreens, etc. The term Machinima originated from the YouTube channel of the same name which hosted and monetized various machinima creators. The channel is now defunct given multiple controversies over the years of its operation.
Ex: Hey, Dude! Did you see my latest Half-Life Machinima? It is a retelling of the events at Black Mesa through the perspective of Lamar!
Within the context of split-screen gaming, the term screenlooking describes the act of looking at another player's perspective with the intent to gain an unfair advantage. Generally, this is done to find the location of another player during a PVP match
Ex: Huh?! Are you screenlooking?? How did you know I was hiding behind that rock!?