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Posted By On February 3, 2006 @ 3:26 PM In Cool Sites | Comments Disabled
With the zillions of acronyms and slang out there related to the Internet, you may just need a translator or a dictionary. Now you’ve found one. I found this site while looking for what a blog was so I could accurately describe it to my mom. I knew what it was, I just wasn’t sure I was explaining it the best I could. I popped blog in the translator and it told me it was slang for Web blog. Now, with a solid definition, I wrote my mom a detailed message with all the facts I knew. I do blog regularly, so it wasn’t a stretch to explain it. What threw me for a loop was when I was on a game I play online and someone typed in 1337, or l337, in the chat box. I’m thinking to myself, what the heck is that? So, I typed it on the translator and found out that it means elite.
The site is easy to navigate. Just use the tabs along the top of the page under the No Slang banner. You’ll find Slang Translator, Slang Dictionary, Netspeak Guide, Add Slang, FAQ, Blog and Search.
Slang Translator – this should be the starting page that you have in front of you. Type in the acronym or word you want translated, enable the adult language filter or translate by 133t Speak by putting a checkmark in the blank box. The translator is on the adult language filter by default. Then click translate. Your translation will appear above the blank text box where you put in your word to be translated.
Slang Dictionary – here you can search for words or browse by letter. Be warned though, there is no adult filter for this section, so if you are browsing through, you may see adult language and acronyms defined.
Now before anyone gets offended – normally I would avoid a site with adult language like the plague, but I got to thinking that if my mom didn’t know what the word blog meant, she wouldn’t know a lot of the other slang used on the Internet either.
This is a good site to check out to learn what acronyms mean in case your children are using them. The Internet is filled with chat places and parents need to monitor their children’s chat practices. They may not even know what they are saying. I have a younger sister and I wouldn’t want her to be chatting with someone and not knowing what she was saying and in turn, giving the wrong impression of her age and personality. This is how predators can really take advantage of kids. So if you want to avoid adult language because it offends you, please just use the translator and not the dictionary section.
My warning and words of caution bring us to our next section, the Netspeak Guide – here you will find articles on Internet safety, commonly misused words, etiquette and even how to Geekspeak!
Add Slang – have they missed a commonly used slang that you and your friends use? Well, if so, you need to check out this section and add it to the dictionary. Type in the slang word or acronym and then put in the definition and the explanation. Then click on the Add New Slang Button.
FAQ – here you can learn why the site exists, get submission questions answered and you can even find a link to a translator that makes what you type sound like 12-year-old AOLer wrote it.
This is a great site to translate Internet slang, and it can even help you keep your kids safe with great guides and translations.
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