Slang Word List

Published: 17th September 2009
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If there's one aspect of living that the Internet has had a major impact on, it's in the way that people around the world communicate with each other. And yet, a new communication gap appears to exist between the casual browser and the hard-core surfer. This is certainly evident in the language they use; particularly, their slang words. The words that follow in this pithy Internet slang word list are among those of the most commonly used ones.


Also called "HTTP cookie," these are small files that a website's server sends to a computer that has browsed that particular site. Stored in the hard drive, this enables the site to identify the computer when it visits the said site again. This is particularly necessary for sites that require one to register with passwords and user names; the site would automatically identify the user and there would be no need to reenter the information previously given.


"Flaming" is an act of hostility and slander perpetrated over the Internet. A "flamer" would hurl insults directed at another online user either via e-mail or by making defamatory posts on message boards, chat rooms or blogs.


This refers to users who anonymously frequent chat rooms and message boards, hence they are "lurking." They read all the posts made by other users, but they never ever make posts of their own.


A "newbie" or "newb" refers to a person who is a rookie to the Internet or a newcomer to the use of computers on the whole. This term is not to be confused with "noob," which is a derogatory slang word and has an entirely different definition.


Not to be confused with a "newb," a "noob" is simply a user who acts like a jerk online. Noobs may in fact be very proficient and knowledgeable on all things pertaining to the Internet and computer technology in general that they would assert their superiority over others by resorting to "flaming" or "trolling" (see "troll").


Known to most as a brand of processed meat, the online usage of the word "spam" refers to generally annoying junk e-mail messages; that is, unsolicited e-mail sent in bulk typically for the purpose of promoting products or services. The term is believed to have originated from the British television comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus," particularly the infamous "Spam" sketch; set in a diner whose menu is completely made up of spam-based dishes, repeating the word obtrusively over and over.


Similar to a "flamer," a "troll" seeks to provoke other users by posting comments of a contentious nature on message boards, hoping to bait others (usually newbies) into responding and thus fanning the flames of the controversy. Trolls tend to be much more tactical than flamers, to the point that they approach their "trolling" activities as more of a game.

The terms in this brief online slang word list are but a few of an entire dictionary's worth of terminology, but this should serve newbies quite well on their first chat room visit. Understanding the vernacular of the Internet does not have to be like learning a foreign language. After all, we are living in the same World Wide Web.Please click these links if you want to know more about slang word list or constellation list in general.

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