The Internet has a language of its own that is used in Internet addresses. Understanding the components of Internet and email addresses such as domain names and extensions is not difficult, and it is sure to make your web surfing easier. Once you have that down pat, you can move on to more fun online things such as acronyms and emoticons.
Acronyms are words formed from the capitalized letters of each of the first letters of a descriptive phrase. These short ditties are also part of the fun of email, instant messaging, and chat rooms. A good example is LOL, for Laughing Out Loud.
When you talk to someone in person or on the telephone, you can express your emotions by facial or vocal expressions. This is one thing that you cannot do when communicating online. So a new way of expressing feelings was developed. Emoticons, which are also called smileys, are fun little symbols that can show when you are happy, sad, bored, or angry. There are also emoticons for people like Dolly Parton and Donald Trump. Emoticons have even expanded to include fun graphic symbols.
If you thought that learning the language of the Internet would be difficult and boring, I hope this chapter changed your mind.