Upthorn (the_cowch) wrote in linguaphiles,
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teal deer

I recently stumbled across Know Your Meme's article on the tl; dr phenomenon. While, as a livejournal user, I already knew about "tl; dr" as a shortening of "too long; didn't read" and its patterns of usage and rejection, I had been totally unaware of the phenomenon of posting pictures of teal deer as a stand-in for the phonetic pronunciations of the letters t l d r.

While I generally disapprove of "tl; dr" and all things relating to it, I can't help but find find to be one of the most fascinating of the new linguistic phenomena I have encountered on the internet, in addition to yet one more confirmation of my thesis that internet communication has created a hotbed of lingual permutation.

Some of my other favorites include "lol :(", and "Also" (as the first word of a conversation).

What are some of your favorite and least favorite internet linguistic phenomena?
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