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Coming age of the netspeak language!
The netspeak language is the digital age special language with a lot of abbreviations and peculiar expressions used by people when communicating using the Internet and mobile phones. Some others call it the Internet slang in a bit derogatory way.

However, with a tablet in the hands of every child and a smart phone with every adult, the netspeak language is going to become a second language with every one after their mother tongues.

With Prime Minister Narender Modi making an all-out effort for creating a Digital India, it becomes essential to develop basic literacy skills in the netspeak language. We need make paradigm shift in language courses to develop sight and spoken vocabulary and visual literacy related to the Internet with ample use of icons.

Even there are quite a few small digital images which are being used frequently in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts called emojis.

There is no escape now from netspeak language to make it internet friendly for faster communication on digital highways and social networking sites. According to Urban Dictionary, netspeak consists of the ways commonly used to converse in text on the internet with abbreviation of words, acronyms special characters (@,~), numbers (l33tsp33k), *actions*, me command, "ooc" and other RP references, emotes, ASCII, real or pseudo programming code, HTML tags and shortening of words.

In the netspeak language when words are shortened, a common trend is to replace the letter "s" with the letter "z" to save time and 'look cool'. Capitalization of words is also avoided. Here are some examples: You=u; Are=r; to=2; I am=im; don't=dont; Boys=boiz; Girls=grlz; Mate=m8; Skater= sk8er; Tonight=2nite; because=bcuz.

These days many people use the same abbreviations in texting and at social networking websites leading to standardization of the netspeak language. These include widely used acronyms, keyboard symbols and abbreviations for communicating through the netspeak language. There are quite a few websites that provide basic courses in the netspeak language now.

Many feel that the netspeak language is having an adverse effect on the standard of language study as a discipline pursued through non-computer-mediated communications of everyday life and literature in the print media.

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