“Internet Speak” is a curious language, understood by the select group of people who spend their days on the interwebs, adapting their clever quips into type form and memes. Since the web’s inception, it seems language has been adapting into its own esoteric form among chatrooms, oftentimes with hilarious results but also to the chagrin of the older generation who have been overheard to ask on more than one occasion, “How does one ‘YOLO’?”
While Internet Speak seems to be mostly limited to text form at the moment, it leaves one to wonder, what will spoken language be like when the internet has been around for generations? Will we start speaking in Nicholas Cage quotes? Will cat images be quoted in daily conversations? All perfectly rational questions to ask yourself, but I also couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if the internet was invented long ago in our history? How would it have affected our history as we now know it? Would our commentary have been overrun with slang, memes and Nicholas Cage quotes? Maybe not Nicholas Cage quotes since, you know, he didn’t exist yet.
So below are some examples of how I think current Internet Speak would have translated events and images from days gone by.