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Pop Language

Posted: November 28th, 2005 | Author: | Filed under: internet culture | 1 Comment »

Found a neat interview on the Stay Free! blog with Leslie Savan, author of a new book on pop language: catchphrases, slang terms, and “verbal celebrities”. She’s focused more on pop phrases popularized by old media (wassup, talk to the hand, don’t go there), but I’m interested in phrases that start online and move outward. Hence: the internets, teh, lollerskates, re:, the interweb, SUP. How does language move from written (typed) to spoken? “LOL” is a good example: it works really well when typed out, but it’s almost impossible to speak. What do you say? “Loll?” “L.O.L?” When you get so used to using a pop phrase online it’s really frustrating not to be able to use it in verbal language (another example: acronyms like BTW and WRT).

> Intro: NYT piece by Leslie (no registration required)
> Interview: Stay Free! Interview w/ Leslie Savan
> amazon link


One Comment on “Pop Language”

  1. 1 Laural said at 6:03 pm on November 29th, 2005:

    I always say “Loal”. And it’s easier to SAY “with respect to” than WRT. But not Oh Em Gee.


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