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    That’s fubar, imho

    slang.gif Quote:   “c|n>k – coffee through nose into keyboard” Translation of an Internet acronym by the Internet Dictionary & Translator, www.noslang.com

    Figure of Speech:    skotison (SKO tih son), the figure of ultimate darkness

    Skotison, which means “Darken it!” in ancient Greece, uses obscure language to seem profound, or to make the speaker feel part of an exclusive group.  People who can type 70 words per minute and have perfect control over the shift key nonetheless insist on using computer-cipher like “lol” (laugh out loud) and “imho” (in my humble opinion).  Why?  Because it makes them feel part of the computer “literate” tribe.

    Along comes the Internet Dictionary & Translator to save the rest of us.  Type in some jargon or acronym, and it will give you the English version.

    Snappy Answer:    "Something's wrong with your keyboard."   (Avoid using the word “skotison.”  That would be a skotison.)

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    Reader Comments (2)

    y7eah...slang has been so common now...that I assume it would be used in memos and formals reports in the world !
    December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheap computers
    Slang has been around for as long as there have been language snobs--I'm guessing, oh, 50,000 years or so.
    December 11, 2009 | Registered CommenterFigaro

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