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Common jargon Same lingo helps find like-minded buddies

Spurn ‘geekspeak’ and embrace new language of technology to be alive and kicking in digitised world, says G.B.S.N.P. Varma

Cultures don’t remain same. They mutate and spawn new cultures or subcultures within the larger context.

A subculture, like a precocious child, struts its stuff, tweaks the world-view, creates new concepts and brings in new idioms. It thumbs its nose at the parent, devises its own devices, beats its own drum and loudmouths its own code - for a while, or for a long while. In the course of time, the larger culture co-opts it and assimilates it, making itself far richer and interesting. And the phenomenon impacts day-to-day lives of people.

Subcultures have grown around in defiance against existing norms, out of existential angst, from different modes of production and work ethics or from technology.

One such subculture relates to what is happening on Internet-- the space of people, of cultures and languages, of trends and fads and of networks and friendships.

Technospeak mania

In the profiles on Facebook and status updates, in the grainy videos of My Space, in the chat rooms, a technospeak flourishes. It’s nerdic. One of the largest electronic retailers, Pixmania, says nerdic is the ‘fastest growing dialect’, and that “more than hundred new words have been added to the nerdic vocabulary.”

As people conduct everything from romance to taxes online (though, they don’t look same, the result is same. You got to blow the bucks big time in both cases), it’s always better to keep abreast of the technical jargon.

For real world people it’s ‘alienspeak’ though.

“Yeah, these technologies have the way of brining into operational use cleverly coined hitherto unknown words,” says Avinash, a techie who tracks new words cropping up in cyberspace. “You use these words among friends in office, then everybody starts using it,” he offers an explanation on how the words become common.

Creative use

Whether or not it qualifies as new dialect on the block is not the issue here. What ultimately matters is that it definitely is creative use of language.

Using nerdic is both self-conscious preoccupation and community-building exercise of the digerati. “When you learn them and use them among your colleagues, you feel you belong,” says Chandu, who had to learn the words quickly to stop being an odd man out there.

Moreover, using the latest buzzwords creates an impact and drives up the popularity curve. “The guys are always on the net. They pick up latest trends in whatever is happening. So you too have to pick up on those,” says Sekhar, a techie.

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Interesting buzzwords culled from Internet:

Egosurfing: doing an Internet search on yourself

Fleshmeet: a real-life encounter with someone you met on the net.

Alpha Geek: The most technically minded person in the room

RickRoll: tricking someone into following a link to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” video

Mashup: Combining two or more website elements

Android: Phones anyone can make applications for

Screenager: Someone who has grown up using the net.

Media Stacking: Using lots of media at the same time

Doorstop: old computer

Wimax: Full Wi-fi coverage

UGC: User Generated Content

Twitter : a social networking site that allows you to forward small personal updates (microblogs/tweets) to your friends. Hence "to twitter" is to continually send you friends small electronic sataus updates.

internot: Someone who won’t use the internet

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