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I haz da techno slang

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Following on from my earlier piece, there is a rather nice contrasting article from the BBC (or Aunty as the slang goes) all about one of the most prolific sources of new slang: the Internet. The BBC article, entitled How the Internet is changing language, refers to such terms as app, short for digital application (some of which we at Macmillan have just launched ourselves!), and also mentions the site I can haz cheezeburger aka ‘Lolcats’. ‘Lolcats’ is my site of choice when I need cheering up. More interesting though, from a linguistic point of view, is the dialect that these cats ‘speak’. It feels a bit cockney and a bit Asian in nature – have a look and see what you think.

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