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.
February 13th, 2017 6:56pm
I still can't believe it when people ask for the meaning of words or acronyms. LMGTFU is real.
February 13th, 2017 7:01pm
Excuse me, LMGTFY.
February 13th, 2017 7:02pm
I had to Google SJW. Still haven't heard it outside this site.
February 13th, 2017 8:05pm
If SJW is new to you, then you haven't been on reddit much.
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.
One Programmer's Opinion
February 13th, 2017 9:29pm
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.
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).
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?
February 14th, 2017 9:06am
urbandictionary can also be good - sometimes has some extra colour commentary.
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. :)
President of the Brice Fan Club
February 14th, 2017 10:06am
I try to take care of people.
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.
February 14th, 2017 11:35am