youth speak or Web2.0 company?

When did “q” gain the right to replace “k”? Or “ew” sounds be represented with 3+ “o”s? And since when is “z “such a popular letter in English? And why are we dropping “e”s? And how did words get dots in them?!?!

People often complain to me about the youth speak that i stare at on MySpace. Y’know the “suP WIt IT pLAY bOI.” But these are the same people who are rattling on about companies named things like Sxip and Flickr and Revver and Goowy and and Zooomr and Oyogi and Zvents. ::smacking forehead:: Just because you’re making weird words to get domain names doesn’t make your behavior any different than the teens making up words to be unparsable by adults.

If you want to have a laugh, check out Cerado’s Web2.0 or Star Wars Character?. I’m worried about the people who can win at this.

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9 thoughts on “youth speak or Web2.0 company?

  1. Dan Gould

    Creating new proper nouns for products and corporations is different. English has always had new names.

    That said, I got a 37 without having seen the three most recent Star Wars films.

  2. Jay Fienberg

    IMO, web 2.0 is (significantly) the upright web. Wanting to seem loose and fun, it’s controlled and calculating–and it doesn’t like things (like Myspace) that are actually loose and fun.

  3. Kyle

    Heh, I got 36 the other day, didn’t know anything about almost any of the Web 2.0 stuff. Though I find it strange that at 30, many of my friends are asking for help understanding what their kids write on MySpace, Bebo, etc…

  4. renato targa

    In Brazil we’re experiencing the same effect among teenagers. Teachers are worried because they now are misspelling more frequently when trying to write formal Portuguese at school. IMO the Portuguese is prone to changing a little bit in the next generations (this is the way languages evolve, isn’t it?).

  5. Helen

    It’s not only english language problem. It’s becoming youth speak all over the world and these transformations are common for any language.

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