Cultural Enigma ❇3

The Internet is enriching language. It fosters new words, such as ‘dotcom’, and gives new meanings to old words, such as ‘social networking.’ Because electronic communication favours speed and simplicity, the Internet promotes an increased use of acronyms and abbreviations, e.g., ‘lol’ for ‘laughing out loud’. Emoticons were first created by computer scientists in 1982; now mainstream, they use punctuation marks to give pictorial representations of emotions.


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