Kimberly (kimberly_a) wrote,
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I frequently play an online card game (Gang of Four) published by a French company (Days of Wonder). Many of the players, especially at a particular time of day, are French. I've noticed that most of them use French netspeak, which makes things difficult for those of us who know only a bit of French. For example, some of them write phonetic spellings of common words and phrases (such as "orevoir" for "au revoir," "kell" for "quelle," "ki" for "qui" "koi" for "quoi," etc.) and most of them abbreviate others (such as "ci" for "merci" and "slt" for "salut"). I notice that people also abbreviate "c'est" as "c" in their sentences. And a lot of people type "mdr" and "vi" (as complete sentences), but those ones are a mystery. (Any thoughts, mousme?)

There are also lots of game abbreviations that people use:

wd = well done
wp = well played
bj = bien joué (French: well played)
bp = bonne partie (I'm not sure exactly what this means, but it seems to be something like "have a good game," because it is said at the start of the game)

I've found it all very interesting, because I like language and its usage. I notice that the French people all use "lol," though, so that seems to have spanned languages. Sometimes I sit in the game's lobby and just eavesdrop on the French conversation, trying to make sense of a sentence here or there. It's all very interesting.
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