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Subject:Comments in someone else's LJ
Time:11:31 am

theferrett wrote about using netspeak in spoken language. One of his commenters said: See, I don't generally differentiate between "online" life and "real" life. I replied:

I don't either, not in language usage. Now, I'll occasionally use netspeak on the net - for instance, lol (if I genuinely laughed out loud) - in the same way that I occasionally used, e.g., the word fuck when I lived in a college dorm. But generally I'm one of the people who're told I talk like I write and vice versa.

Another commenter said, in a discussion of using MUD, MMORPG and chat emotes in spoken language, I never MMORPGed. I just say "sigh" a lot. I have no excuse at all. I replied,

I know someone who's been doing that since the 80s at least*. It comes from reading comics, I'm sure.

* I'm on your flist. You know who you are.

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athelind
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Time:2007-01-29 06:08 pm (UTC)
It might come from Mork & Mindy, which would also be the right era. Mork would frequently verbalize such "chat emotes" such as "Oh, heavy sigh."

That's when I started doing it, anyway.
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abates
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Time:2007-01-29 07:43 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the future of English! At least no one's said "colon dash close-bracket" yet...
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billroper
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Time:2007-01-29 09:04 pm (UTC)
Actually, it comes from PLATO chat. There, it was punctuated *sigh*. :)
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scarfman
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Time:2007-01-29 09:36 pm (UTC)

Oh. I stand corrected, and disappointed.

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billroper
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Time:2007-01-29 09:42 pm (UTC)
That's ok. On the other hand, it dates back to 1974 or thereabouts...
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capriuni
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Time:2007-01-30 12:59 am (UTC)
And then, sometimes, some people just have a mental tic where they vocalize certain things out of habit, and use of the Internet and reading comics (Peanuts and Cathy are two pre-Net ones that pop immediately to mind) is just social reinforcements. When I was a wee, little child,* I used to say "Sneeze!" every time I sneezed:

:::Het-choo!::: "Sneeze!" :::Het-choo!::: "Sneeze!" :::Het-choo!::: "Sneeze!"

Not sure where it came from, but Mother always figured I picked up the habit when I was just starting to talk, and learning to label things.

Now, I find myself saying "bee tee double U" as verbal punctuation. Before I got heavy into Email, though my punctuating phrase was: "Well, Aaaannyway..."

* Actually, I was in my twenties when I finally started to drop the habit (haven't quite finished, yet).
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28bytes
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Time:2007-01-31 05:17 am (UTC)
I was wondering if you were going to be one of the guest artists on HotS. Good job!
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prettydragoon
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Time:2007-01-31 01:23 pm (UTC)
Colon Dee.

... why are you all looking at me funny?
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Time:2007-02-21 07:28 pm (UTC)
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