digitalk (n) how to sound like an idiot



Quiz: How on fleek are you?

We did this quiz to see how ‘on fleek’ we are with our digitalk (internet slang). We thought we’d share our results. See if you can beat our score!

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Chatting with the Baes (note the capital B)

So the other day my friend said this on a group chat (see above image).

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Why do you use digitalk?

A 2013 study found that 81% of teenagers use digitalk when writing messages, with older teenagers using it most. Reasons why they use it:

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How to profess your love using digitalk

Forget ‘The Rules’, here’s 11 ways to show you care using internet slang

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Who’s LOL-ing now, huh? Lisa’s story

#corkthedigitalk –er Lisa shares her story:

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Txtspk, a form of digitalk

Consonants and question marks ✓
Vowels and capital letters: meh

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Literacy is important so don’t ruin it by tlkin’ lyk dis

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Digitalk n. how to sound like an idiot.

Yes, that’s right, here’s the definition of ‘netspeak’ (which means the same thing) in Urban Dictionary.

netspeak urban dictionaru

But seriously, digitalk is sneaking into our everyday speech and formal language. Whether its acronyms, abbreviations, bad grammar or punctuation, we use digitalk so much now that it is easy to slip it in formal contexts too. It’s a legit problem. (you see?)

This is where we come in. Cork the Digitalk is a campaign that aims to educate people about digitalk and its effects on literacy. We think that we should #corkthedigitalk. Join us if you think so too.

Connect with us on Facebook at, or Twitter @corkthedigitalk

– LH

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