Happy Thursday! I hope the day is going well.
I don’t know if you’re on Facebook or TikTok etc much, but what’s interesting to me is watching how people modify their language to get around the algorithms used to identify content.
So fun fact, Facebook likes to flag words that it sees as threatening to men or white people more than racist or sexist threats. I got put in Facebook jail for saying I would force a friend to get margaritas with me, meanwhile when I flagged a rando dude for openly asking for genocide of Jews, that was totes fine.
While I’m sure the assholes of the world have their own fake words for dog-whistles, some of what I’ve seen in the fun woman-centric groups is saying nem instead of men. Or typing wyt instead of white. I see seggs or seggsy instead of sexy. In an animal group, people use nipnops because nipples are another naughty word. In video captions, I’m also seeing things like “dude sounds like a graper” because they’re worried saying rapist would get them flagged.
This is super interesting to me from a linguistics perspective, because it’s like a modern variation on cant and Cockney rhyming slang where people are working out abbreviations essentially as they go and getting others to understand. Not gonna lie, I love it. It’s not typical slang in the usual sense, fam. It’s definitely done to modify words to slip under the radar (instead of just being cool or in the know), which is why I think it’s closer to cant or Cockney rhyming slang.
What else is cool again that is definitely not new?