IT’S no longer cool to write LOL – the new acronym is PML. And no one still uses BRB – it’s BFN.
Internet vernacular has changed, social media expert Laurel Papworth says. “I can tell someone’s age from their internet talk. When I read BRB (be right back) or LOL (laugh out loud), I think, ‘Jeez, that’s so old,’ ” she said.
Instead, techno-savvy bloggers are using PML (p*** myself laughing) and BFN (bye for now). Also popular is NSFW (not safe for work), which Ms Papworth says is used as a warning when the attachment is “somewhat vulgar”.
And TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) means the status update is too long and the person couldn’t be bothered to read it.
The University of Sydney lecturer monitors sites such as Twitter and Facebook as well as dozens of online blogs.
“More mums and dads are getting on Facebook, which means the language is quite tame, but on Twitter users have to express themselves in 140 characters or less, so people have created all these new phrases,” she said.
Facebook this week announced the most popular status update of 2010 was HMU (hit me up), used in up to 80,000 updates a day.
Well it’s all too much for this “oldie” I’m afraid I still like the LOL, I don’t understand why bad language has to come into it at all with general discussions. I’ll never keep up with it all I’m afraid, so I found a web site (link above) that seems to be O.K. and at least a bit informative. If someone has a better site that explains some Internet Slang, please post a link as I’m sure it would help a lot of us “oldies” out.