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The Web FTW! How Internet slang has worked its way into the English language




Being said to be entitled and narcissistic, millennials love selfies and talking about themselves.
Being said to be entitled and narcissistic, millennials love selfies and talking about themselves.
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Selfies, hashtags and Throwback Thursdays are just a few of the terms that have been coined in recent years because of the Internet. Or maybe we should say “because Internet.” Thanks to creative gamers, bloggers and social media trolls, things like “YOLO,” “FTW” and “epic fail” can now be heard and read everywhere.

With the Oxford English Dictionary set to release its Word of the Year Monday evening (update: it's "vape"), we started thinking about the evolution of Internet slang and language. How often do you use Internet slang in your daily life? What are some of your favorite words coined by the Internet, memes, or social media?

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Emmy Favilla, Copy Chief at BuzzFeed