Understanding ‘net lingo

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Some time ago, I linked to the parent’s primer to computer slang and the netiquette 101 for new netizens. Well, as I dive ever deeper into the world of the ‘net, I’m constantly coming up against acronyms that I don’t understand and variations on smileys/emoticons that I haven’t seen before. That’s where the Net Lingo dictionary of Internet terms has helped me a few times recently, providing acronyms, text messaging shorthand, the most extensive list of emoticons I’ve ever seen (as well as assicons and boobicons – I’m sure you can work out what they are!) and a substantial dictionary of Internet terms.

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