Internet slang refers to variations of everyday languages which are being used by various communities over the internet. It is tough to give standardized definition of the slang words used on the internet because the nature of these words is constantly changing. However, people could understand the kind of slang that the internet surfers have propagated and in most cases, have invented. These terms are created originally with an objective of saving characters or keystrokes. They are being used by many people in instant messaging, texting and even in social networking sites. Keyboards symbols, abbreviations and acronyms are the most common internet slang. New slang dialects such as Lurker or Newbie are used as a group internet memes. Meme is used to define a notion that spreads quickly over the internet.
One of the most common internet slangs in social networking sites especially in Facebook is the LMS. What does LMS mean? For hard-core internet surfers, this may seem a piece of cake. For casual browsers or newbies, this abbreviation is unknown to them.
Social networking sites such as Twitter, MySpace and Facebook have a pleasant tradition of informing the internet users about the developing acronyms in their status messages every year. It is just some internet slang words that are being used so that a young individual can feel like he is an old person if he does not use the new hip slang.
In 2010, the winner for abbreviation in the status messages of Facebook was HMU which in means “Hit Me Up”. While in 2009, it was FML which is an acronym for “F**k My Life”. Since then, these acronyms are seen in many status messages of the Facebook users. In 2011, the dual winners for abbreviations in the status messages of the American Facebook users were LMS and TBH. What does LMS mean? What does TBS stands for?
According to Facebook’s total count, LMS was identified as the 2011 fastest growing meme. In fact, LMS is used frequently with the acronym TBH. What does LMS mean? It means “Like my Status” while TBH means “To Be Honest”. So, if a user of Facebook posted something like “LMS for TBH”, she will give honest feedbacks which are individualized for anyone who will click the Like button. It is crazily complicated but a nice gesture at the same time. Some users also post something like “LMS for a secret” as their status messages. If anyone clicked the Like button, he will tell the secret and sometimes it requires certain number of likes. LMS is commonly used as a sort of game over the internet.
Acronyms like LMS and TBH are just some of the most frequently used slangs over the internet. Other commonly used internet slangs are LOL which means “Laugh out Loud”, BRB for “Be Right Back” and AFK which means “Away from Keyboard”. Today, young individuals are using the slang not just for written communication but in spoken communication as well. This is a definite sign that internet language is emerging into a new language.