ICYMI the Internet doesn’t use words

Published 3:13 pm Friday, July 17, 2015

Lol jk rofl idk smh icymi omg tgif.

FYI, the Internet has become a confusing place to navigate if you don’t keep up with the evolving jargon and acronyms.

I realized I was losing touch with my millennial generation when chatting with friends about some then-current events last month. I had read an article online and perused the comment section because I was feeling too intelligent and needed to knock a couple of points off of my IQ.

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The commenters were complaining about how everything is so “PC.”

“What do personal computers have to do with anything?” I thought. A few minutes later, after reading some back-and-forth between degenerate name-callers, it hit me. “PC” stands for “politically correct.”

How did I miss that? I’m young and keep up with what’s going on in the world.

I shared the revelation with my friends, hoping they were as old as I had apparently become, but they weren’t. They immediately mocked me.

“Shelby, this is disappointing,” one said, the one that I had previously teased for not knowing how to navigate Twitter.

Another friend in the group message was in the middle of a story about a hockey player going to visit a kid with cancer after seeing a Tweet.

“And he was like omw.

That means on my way, Shelby.”

Omg, they’re relentless.

My teenage sister kept the hits coming when she told me about a video of a kid she knew trying to “whip it.”

“I beg your pardon,” I said, confused.

“You don’t know that song? There’s a dance to it that’s pretty dumb,” she explained. “Wow, you’re getting old.”

Et tu, sister?

I know that I’m not old, but I guess I also need to accept that I’m not young enough to understand teenagers anymore. I’ll have to work to keep up with the ridiculous acronyms the lazy youths keep making.

For now, I’ll just take solace in the fact that I’m still the youngest person in the office. TTYL.