Thursday, July 26, 2007

Misspelling-Trend Alert

If this hasn't shown up in some of your reporters' writing (the INTENTIONAL misspelling, that is), it will.

Actually, LOLCATS is a very amusing little trend and merges some previous fads involving internet language.


Rapidly spreading Web photo-posting phenomenon centers on felines with poor spelling

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Computer geeks have their own niche in pop culture. Sometimes, something crazed from that niche escapes and runs rampant among the masses.

It's happened before, with the "I Kiss You" guy, Mahir Cagri (; the "All Your Base" fad (; and, more recently, the Diet Coke-and-Mentos experiments (

Now working its way into the popular consciousness is something far more bizarre and — depending on your point of view and sense of humor — either very funny or irritatingly cutesy.

For the last few months, online regulars have been seeing on various Web sites and blogs pictures of cats and other animals in strange poses, with large type captions embedded in the photos. The grammar and syntax in the captions are atrocious by design. The pictures are called LOLcats, named after the abbreviation for "laughing out loud" used by fans of text and instant messaging...

Here are some other links: Cats Can Has Grammar

Kitty Pidgin and asymmetrical tail-wags

and at Boing Boing

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