chead asked: hey what's up with the "!" in fandoms? i.e. "fat!<thing>" just curious thaxxx <3
I have asked this myself in the past and never gotten an answer.
Maybe today will be the day we are both finally enlightened.
woodsgotweird said: man i just jumped on the bandwagon because i am a sheep. i have no idea where it came from and i ask myself this question all the time
Maybe someone made a typo and it just got out of hand?
I kinda feel like panic!at the disco started the whole exclamation point thing and then it caught on around the internet, but maybe they got it from somewhere else, IDK.
The world may never know…
Maybe it’s something mathematical?
I’ve been in fandom since *about* when Panic! formed and the adjective!character thing was already going strong, pretty sure it predates them.
It’s a way of referring to particular variations of (usually) a character — dark!Will, junkie!Sherlock, et cetera. I have suspected for a while that it originated from some archive system that didn’t accommodate spaces in its tags, so to make common interpretations/versions of the characters searchable, people started jamming the words together with an infix.
(Lately I’ve seen people use the ! notation when the suffix isn’t the full name, but is actually the second part of a common fandom portmanteau. This bothers me a lot but it happens, so it’s worth being aware of.)
"Bang paths" (! is called a "bang"when not used for emphasis) were the first addressing scheme for email, before modern automatic routing was set up. If you wanted to write a mail to the Steve here in Engineering, you just wrote "Steve" in the to: field and the computer sent it to the local account named Steve. But if it was Steve over in the physics department you wrote it to phys!Steve; the computer sent it to the "phys" computer, which sent it in turn to the Steve account. To get Steve in the Art department over at NYU, you wrote NYU!art!Steve- your computer sends it to the NYU gateway computer sends it to the "art" computer sends it to the Steve account. Etc. ("Bang"s were just chosen because they were on the keyboard, not too visually noisy, and not used for a huge lot already).
It became pretty standard jargon, as I understand, to disambiguate when writing to other humans. First phys!Steve vs the Steve right next to you, just like you were taking to the machine, then getting looser (as jargon does) to reference, say, bearded!Steve vs bald!Steve.
So I’m guessing alternate character version tags probably came from that.
- Person: the doge meme sucks.
- Doge: wow. Such attacked. Came out for good time. Much honest.
I just came out to have a good time and I’m honestly feeling so attacked right now is finally on knowyourmeme, with links for the origin, and I feel a palpable sense of relief at seeing this mystery solved.
There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like “death ray,” “terraforming,” “hive mind,” “telepathy,” and “parallel universe”?
what if our use of emojis gradually becomes so extensive that we actually circle back to writing in hieroglyphics
no emoji in the world can replace the depth of :/
With the millions of Twitter feeds, Facebook profiles, and various other websites, it can be hard for government organizations to know if the people they are spying upon are making them LOL or LMFAO. Luckily the FBI has gone to great lengths (and spending millions of dollars) to track all of these various uses of acronyms, 1337 speak, and other Internet slang — compiling their results in an 83 page glossary that is both incredibly expansive and woefully outdated.
Many of the terms have only been used a scant number of times on Twitter, with some of the highlights being compiled by The Washington Post including:
- BOGSAT (“bunch of guys sitting around talking”) — 144 tweets
- BTDTGTTSAWIO (“been there, done that, got the T-shirt, and wore it out”) — 47 tweets
- DITYID (“did I tell you I’m depressed?”) — 69 tweets
- HCDAJFU (“he could do a job for us”) — 25 tweets
- IAWTCSM (“I agree with this comment so much”) — 20 tweets
- IITYWIMWYBMAD (“if I tell you what it means will you buy me a drink?”) — 250 tweets
- PMYMHMMFSWGAD (“pardon me, you must have mistaken me for someone who gives a damn”) — 128 tweets
- SOMSW (“someone over my shoulder watching) — 170 tweets
- WAPCE (“women are pure concentrated evil”) — 233 tweets
All the ZeroCools and Crash Overrides out there should be aware that the government’s various grandfathers and grandmothers are on to their secret, impenetrable language.
David Peterson is a linguist and the creator of the Dothraki language for Game of Thrones. He’s here today to answer our questions about creating new languages, the role of learning languages in Game of Thrones, and how to make small talk in Dothraki.
In addition to his work creating languages of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which he’s been working on since 2009, Peterson has also worked on crafting languages for Defiance, Dominion, and Star-Crossed. His first book, The Art of Language Invention, is due out next year.
He’ll be joining us from 10:30 - 11:30 am PT today to take our questions. So start asking him now about the process of creating a language, the intricacies of Dothraki, and what kinds of linguistic cues are present in the George R.R. Martin’s stories.
[Lingua Fandom notes: David Peterson also created the language of the Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World.]
im such a linguistics nerd so i just started thinking of when you start talking to someone new online and you have to learn all their personal tone indicators and what :) or any other smilie actually means to them and how after a while you can tell when something is wrong just because they type something differently than normal and we all just learn and adapt to this type of communication so quickly to make these wonderful online friendships and its kind of amazing