Dude, You’re so 404

This is so 200:

A study of new slang terms entering English finds that technology is driving and perpetuating them.

For instance, “404” – the error message given when a browser cannot find a webpage – has come to mean “clueless”.

Slang lexicographer Jonathon Green says that some such terms and abbreviations come about because of the limited speed and space afforded by text messaging.



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