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finally found this online.  oh old people.

Oh people.


I mean I just can’t.


If you’re on social media, you’ve likely read, or written, a statement like those above: a single word or incomplete sentence accompanying a link or photo. For lack of a universally agreed-upon term, let’s call them “fragments.”

Other common examples of encouragement or positivity include the choral “Preach” and “Amen,” the militaristic “Salute,” the acronymic (“OMG,” “LOL,” “RIP”), the topical one-name celebrity (“Beyoncé,” “Mandela”), the geographically boastful (“Paris”) or simply annunciatory (“Poughkeepsie”), and the plain-spoken “Yes,” often followed by “Jus ...yes.” Unfavorable sentiments may inspire “FAIL,” “Ugh,” “Um...,” “Yikes,” “Gross” and “No” (“”).

The Huffington Post recently posted a link on Facebookto their article titled “This Guy Learned the Hard Way What Happens When You’re Homophobic” along with the word “GOOD.” In a sense, “GOOD” functioned as an even punchier (and far more subjective) headline to the article’s actual headline.

What these concise expressions most closely resemble are marginalia in middle school yearbooks (“Hot!” “Dork!” “Hot dork!”), the kind of hyperbole young people are prone to traffic in, like, all the time. Except now, otherwise literate adults are intentionally simplifying their online language while inflating their emotional response, all for public consumption.

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