Netspeak
n. The words, idioms, and pecularities of spelling and grammar that are characteristic of online documents and communication.

Example Citation:
"Perhaps the next great movement in English literature will somehow be fuelled by the new phenomenon of Netspeak, or what linguist David Crystal in his new book Language And The Internet calls 'computer-mediated language.'"
—Dusan Petricic, "Netspeak changes how we write," The Toronto Star, November 24, 2001

Earliest Citation:
"Like all arcane entities, the Internet has its own language, sometimes known as NetSpeak."
—Ian Bacon, "Out on the Internet," MacUser, April 1993

Notes:
Here are some of the characteristics of Netspeak: inattention to the norms of spelling and grammar; the use of all-lowercase letters; tonal informality; infrequent punctuation; the widespread use of abbreviations and acronyms; turning nouns into verbs.

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