Do Yhoo Knoww Thee Answerrr?
December 3, 2010 3:37 AM Subscribe
Whyy Do Teenagerss on Facebook An Bebo Typee Likee Thiss? Where did it come from? Here's an example.
posted by mippy to Writing & Language (66 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Sure, I know each generation invents its own slang, but I wonder where this style has come from. In the UK, it's seen as a 'chav''/'chavvy' way of communicating - if there is a class thing about it elsewhere, I'm not sure.
In My Day, teens wrote in textspeak a lot online, as we were one of the first generations to use texting on a daily basis. There's still a lot of 'ur mi m8' on the internets (I love it when teens write in a mixture of txtspk and dialect - eg, my nephew writes 'Or8 pal', which in his accent is 'alright' - phonetically written olreet) but this style seems new. Duplicating letters on the ends of words, spelling 'you' as 'yhoo'. It isn't timesaving - it would take longer to write like that - and although I thought the 'yhoo' might come from using predictive text, I can't see how it would.
More examples taken from random Bebo pages:
"Hmmmm Niceeeee Prawnn Currry Todayyy"
"6. Do Yhoo Luff Me....?
7. Are Yhoo My Mate....?
8. Do Yhoo Lyk Me....?
9. Wha Skwl Yhoo Go Too....?"
"Jusst alittle information about me ♥
Thaa namees Selena or Lena if yhOo want"
"Heyy guess huu tiss well itss Demi"
"still Cant Belive You Aree Gonee Girll'ss"
"Whenn you smilee, . . . i smilee:)"