I keep hearing about this Geocities thing. Maybe some day I will try it.

Observation about normal, general people: "LMGTFY"

I've observed that people - even and especially online - will ask one another or ask their group or their forum about the meaning of a term, an acronym, or a phrase that has recently entered the culture.

I've found (duhhh derp) that Google is the ultimate reference engine for decoding cultural allusions.

Example: NPR mentioned "MGTOW". A quick Google search later and I found out all about it.

I've observed "mundane" people outside the circle of tech smartness who will flounder around whenever a new term pops up in the news. They act scared, defensive, helpless.

Even with this fantastic tech we have everyday by-the-minute access to, common people are dumber than ever and rely on tribalism and groups for information.

No real point to this. I Google shit because I'm lazy. But it seems lazier to not learn effective ways of easily discovering information.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
February 13th, 2017 6:56pm
I still can't believe it when people ask for the meaning of words or acronyms. LMGTFU is real.
Permalink NPR 
February 13th, 2017 7:01pm
Excuse me, LMGTFY.
Permalink NPR 
February 13th, 2017 7:02pm
I had to Google SJW.  Still haven't heard it outside this site.
Permalink Send private email Mountain_Dewd 
February 13th, 2017 8:05pm
If SJW is new to you, then you haven't been on reddit much.
Permalink Pie is a lot better than a cake 
February 13th, 2017 8:34pm
This is my probably my biggest pet peeve. Too many people will use an acronym throughout their post without typing out the term completely at least once.
Permalink One Programmer's Opinion 
February 13th, 2017 9:29pm
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
February 14th, 2017 12:48am
I created SJW and MSM and used them in a Alex Jones blog.  They caught on and the rest is history.
Permalink For Entertainment Purposes Only 
February 14th, 2017 1:01am
A lot of people are afraid of "looking stupid" so they'll go along with some new acronym/slang as if they know what it means.

And I think most arguments end up being about the definitions of works when you dig all the way to the bottom (if you don't hit China first).
Permalink Pie is a lot better than OnFleek 
February 14th, 2017 6:01am
Sometimes, it's called "conversation", where you let people make their point, and you ask clarifying questions, EVEN IF you strongly suspect that you understand some "LMGTFY" acronym, you STILL might ask them to clarify.

Or are you guys too wrapped up in not looking stupid, or making others look stupid, to know what casual conversation even sounds like?
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
February 14th, 2017 9:06am
urbandictionary can also be good - sometimes has some extra colour commentary.
Permalink brone 
February 14th, 2017 9:48am
> Or are you guys too wrapped up in not looking stupid, or making others look stupid, to know what casual conversation even sounds like?

Anyone having a conversation with you doesn't have to worry about looking stupid. :)
Permalink President of the Brice Fan Club 
February 14th, 2017 10:06am
I try to take care of people.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
February 14th, 2017 10:17am
As a tech guy I'm *expected* to take care of people. You know. "What's the matter with my PC? You kind of owe me because you tech guys work for free for fun." "Hey, you know about websites. Could you talk to my web host for free and ask how to bqqqzztt frguglate the knbblpz?"

I'd rather subtly ridicule them for my own sick pleasure, and that's where a site like lmgtfy.com comes in.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
February 14th, 2017 11:35am

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