Monday, April 26, 2010

Getting MWI

The research of social psychology postgraduate, Lisa Whittaker, features in today's Telegraph in an article about adolescents' use of language on social networking sites. According to the article, teenagers are getting wise to how exposed social networking can leave them, and how a dodgy Facebook profile might look to a potential employer, and are trying to hide their indiscretions by using a "secret language", in which Getting MWI means "getting mad with it" or "intoxicated", and lots of others.

There's nothing earth-shatteringly new about this - slang has pretty much always been used to hide dubious activity from outsiders - but it's given a new spin here in the digital age.

2 comments:

antheald said...

But given how it takes about 10 seconds googling to find out what some 'cryptic' term means, it's got to be even dumber than just openly stating what you've been up to.

Dan said...

I know, but 10 seconds is like soooo looooong in this day and age.