The Gen Y Translator
Everyone knows the number one rule of social media engagement is to be honest, and everyone knows the number two rule is dont start something you cant finish (as in, dont start a celebrity Twitter account and write in it for two days and then not write anything in it again, because you end up looking like a dick).
In fact, the rules of social media engagement are so well-known these days that pretty much everyone can recite them by heart, even rule number 14a which is:
Dont try and talk like youre Gen Y because youre not, unless you are, and even then you shouldnt be twittering on behalf of the company yet because youre not responsible enough and if you get access to Twitter youll want access to Facebook as well and youll claim its for work but we know, and you know, and we know you know we know that youll end up spending most of your day updating your status, playing Mob Wars and LOLing with your BFFs.
Well to hell with that rule.
For the first time, ever*, thanks to the vivacious, spacious and audacious wit of LOL-linguist-intern-strategists, @anna_goddard and @AnnabelBrusasco, myself, a list of words Dialogix couldnt define and a little too much time, Marketingmag.com.au is able to bring you the official GenY LOLspeak A-Z Dictionary of the 65 Most Popular Young Persons Colloquialisms. Or, The Gen Y Translator for short. Rule 14a be damned.
Thanks to The LOLspeak Dictionary even the most moronic of marketing managers can now converse with the kewlest of lolcats. Fire up that Facebook chat window, update your MySpace pic and energise your emoticons, lets start totes talkin!
Oh, and if Ive left off any LOLisms you feel should be included in the next edition, feel free to add them in the comments below…
*As long as you dont count the Urban Dictionary as ever
|!!!!!||Words cannot express how much I think this is totally amazing||OMG!!!!!|
|*action*||Right now I am doing whatever is between the asterisks||This LOLspeak dictionary is going to be out of date before its published but thats kewl. *shrugs*|
|#fail||That didnt go very well at all||Did you hear she was trying to get around the world, only made it as far as North Straddie and got hit by a tanker! #sailingfail|
|aiight||Alright||A: Sorry I ran over your cat with my car.
B: Thats aiight, it was my sisters cat.
|BFF||Best Friend(s) Forever|
|biatch||My dear friend||Sup biatch!|
|brb||Be Right Back|
|BTW||By The Way|
|burn||To denigrate||At least I wasnt vomiting in the garden! Burn!|
|CBA||Stands for Cant Be Arsed, meaning I could not be bothered||CBA going out tonight. Stayin at home watchin Idol.|
|C-Bomb||The worst swear word you can possibly use||I accidentally dropped the c-bomb in front of my Mum last night and got grounded for a week.|
|defs/defso||Definitely||Defs wanna hit the clubs tonight.|
|DM||Direct Message/Direct Mail||OMG the boss is coming, have to get off the phone, DM me!|
|FML||F— My Life||Today,
my first girlfriend of over 3 years left me for another guy. She said
shes looking for someone who can financially provide for her in the
future. The dude owns a mobile phone kiosk. Im going to medical
|fo shiz||For certain||A: Wanna smoke some weed and listen to Snoop Dogg?
B: Fo shiz.
|FPP||Facebook Profile Picture||
You look hot! You should defs make that your FPP!
|G2G||Got To Go|
who writes or fine-tunes someone elses Twitter updates because the
person in question is too busy, dumb or unfunny to do it themselves
|Thats not really Kyle Sandilands on Twitter. Its a ghost tweeter.|
|Hellz Yeah||Yes, yes indeed||And so the cop told me that my party was the most epic party theyd ever been called to… Hellz Yeah!|
|HTFU||Harden the F— Up!||A: Really tired hey, dont know if Im coming out tonight.
|ish||Sort of||She was good-looking…ish.|
|KK||OK, OK||A: Can I borrow your jeans tonight?
|Laterz||Later||Bye, Yeah, no worries, laterz|
|LMAO||Laughing My Arse Off|
|LOL||Laugh Out Loud|
|LOLZ||Thats so funny|
|LOLGASM||The climax of a particularly effervescent LOL incident|
|LOLWAT||Disbelief to the point of absurdity|
|Maggot||Exceptionally drunk||Going to Jakes house tonight. Going to get MAGGOT!|
|Mofo||A term of endearment between mates. Short for motherf—er|
|n00b||Someone who is new to something, usually in an internet forum|
|OMFG!||Oh My F—ing God!||A: She let me sleep with her!
|OMG||Oh My God!|
|QFT||Quoted For Truth||You said that and we all heard it. QFT|
|Redonkulous||That is seriously ridiculous|
|ROFL||Rolling On the Floor Laughing|
|ROFLCOPTER||Rolling On the Floor Laughing, spinning around like helicopter blades||A: So I was just driving high and I stopped to let a pinecone cross
the road because I thought it was a hedgehog.
|Sick||Really, really good|
|Siff||As if, that couldnt possibly be true|
|STFU||Shut The F— Up!|
|Sup||Hello, how are you? Or, Whats wrong?|
|Tomoz||Tomorrow||A: So I think Im going to break up with her tomoz.
B: No way!
|Totes||Short for totally, as in, most definitely||That comment was totes inapprop.|
|TTYL||Talk To You Later|
|Woot||Gamer-talk for woo-hoo||I got to the last level on Final Fantasy VII, Woot!|
|WTF||What The F—?||The doctor took one look and he was, like, WTF?|
|XXL||Someone with a rotund figure|
|Yeeeewww/ Yeow/ Yiew||An expression of great joy|
|ZOMG||A more sarcastic expression than OMG|