The Daily Grind: Is there MMORPG lingo that you just cannot stand?

In past articles, we’ve coined some MMO terminology neologisms and expressed confusion over obscure MMO slang, but it’s been a while since we talked about the terms we really do not like, the stuff that makes us cringe.

I started thinking about this after a Lifehacker piece that suggested slang like “ROFL” and “LOL” have long since been supplanted by “haha” and “lol,” though there’s apparently a cultural fight between purveyors of those two as some people look at one or the other and flinch in revulsion.

In the MMO world, I have to say I would be thrilled to never see things like “gg,” “carebear,” “gimp,” “dkp” – ironic usage, I suppose, notwithstanding. In fact, there are quite a few terms that I’d say have already begun dying since the early days, like “puller,” “medding,” “creep,” “oom,” “named,” “leech,” “PL,” “bank sitting,” “kiting,” “reds,” and so on.

Plus there’s toon, which I know drives some of you guys crazy.

Is there MMORPG lingo that you just cannot stand?

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

Tryhard.

What the hell is this? You mash together two words that normally, when separated by a space, are a good thing and turned it into some kind of insult against people that are actually ‘trying hard’ to do something. I don’t know who started this but I hate him less than every idiot after him that continues to use this thing in sentences. I actually saw a writer for The Verge use this thing in an article title. Not only did I refuse to read it but I refuse to visit The Verge ever again in the future.

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mysecretid

Agreed. Leave it to the toxic trolls to twist the idea of players who come in to do their best into something unworthy. Bleah.

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Veldan

Two things annoy me a lot:

1) The use of “rape” as a synonym for win, wreck, own, etc. “Dude we totally raped them!” No we didn’t, wtf. I put people on ignore for this before.

2) The use of medical conditions. Prime examples being autism and cancer. Of course there’s also “retard”, but that has been around for so long and become such standard gaming language that I must confess having used it too (though I no longer do, I try to type “idiot” instead). Being a non-native English speaker, I think I even knew the gaming word before I knew what “retard” meant in real life.

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mysecretid

The use of the word “rape” as a synonym for “defeat” or “pwn” is probably my number one hated gaming term, now that you mention it.

Only complete cretins who’ve never known the horror of rape, either themselves, or concerning people they care about, could think that using the word rape as casual gaming lingo was clever or “edgy”.

Like you I put people on ignore for this almost instantly, and I have reported them when the usage has been particularly vile.

Cheers,

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Richard Bartle

Terminology comes and goes, although some lasts longer than others. If you want a comparison with what the phrases in use 25 years ago were, here’s the MUDspeke Dictionary from 1992: http://mud.co.uk/muse/speke.htm . A lot of it is specific to MUD1 and MUD2, but some of it will still be recognisable today.

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Khalith .

“Hardcore” and “casual.”

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Bryan Turner

Since some one already mentioned meta how about Git Gud?

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Rottenrotny

In GW2 everyone’s obsessed with the word ‘meta’.
I wouldn’t be upset if that word went away.

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Oleg Chebeneev

It might be overused, but there is little alternative to this word. Only FoTM, I think

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Bryan Correll

I don’t play GW2, but its players can’t possibly be more obsessed with “playing the meta” than the POE community.

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athiev

It’s double-bad in GW2 because “meta” refers to builds that are dominant in the current meta-game, but also to meta-events and meta-achievements. One might be tempted to say the game has metastasized.

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Mewmew

There is one I couldn’t stand that luckily has fallen out of favor as much as I can tell anyway, and that is “raped”. Using the word “rape” casually as a gaming term for getting dominated always upset me.

And since you brought it up, I can’t stand “Toon” either. Maybe it made sense for The Realm Online in the mid 1990’s but it’s weird and annoying for most games.

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Aaron Biegalski

Must chime in to vote on “toon” being the single most INFURIATING term in MMO history.

One of my more recent hatreds has been “BiS” (Best in Slot) as the go-to term for the old standby “Hey guys, what is the best sword in the game?” Not because there is something wrong with the term or acronym itself, but because in practice it exemplifies the elitist attitude (mostly spread on official forums or Reddit) that anything less than the absolute best is as good as nothing.

As for stuff like “deeps” and “newb” or other variations, I approve of them when used ironically. :P

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mysecretid

BiS sounds like a gaming variation on what’s known as “American Exceptionalism”.

The term is not a criticism of the US; rather, it’s called “American” because that country is where the social phenomenon was first documented.

Basically, as you’ve probably guessed, American Exceptionalism holds that “You’re either Number One, or you’re nothing”. Only winning first-place is worthy, and anything less is treated as if it were a total failure.

Of course, real life doesn’t work this way — and if one only values first place, you lose a lot of effectively-equivalent, or potentially-equivalent quality on a regular basis.

Apologies if you already knew all this, and I agree — BiS is reductive — the answers people give often depend on their opinions, rather than absolute facts.

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Bryan Correll

Well, like about a third of the commenters already said, ‘Toon.’
One that really grinds my gears is ‘deeps.’ Yes, I’ve seen people actually type out ‘deeps’ instead of ‘dps.’ Which makes me think they’ve only heard the term over VOIP and don’t know it’s an acronym. I don’t like the sound of it either, but come on people, why the hell would you actually add extra letters when typing?

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

The only thing that annoys me more than ‘deeps’ is when people use either (‘deeps, or DPS’) to refer to damage dealing classes. My class isn’t a Damage Per Second class. It’s a Damage DEALING class. What ever happened to DD? I guess having two acronyms was too much and it got mashed into one, whether it makes sense or not.

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adri

ogog in every other sentence … this is annoying. everything else is more or less okay. But I have to admit that English is not my native tongue and so I mostly deal with the German speaking community and (I guess) we have different abbreviations and invented phrases.

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Cadaver

Yes, ‘oocly’ and ‘icly’ because they make me think of little spiders (dunno why). Any usage of ‘/sigh’ is intensely irritating. Are you role-playing an c18th romantic poet? Describing anything in a game as ‘totes adorbs’ should be a hanging offence.

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mysecretid

“toon” is a term I greatly dislike. Not even sure why. I guess I find it reductive, or dismissive? Dunno.

“carebear” is a term thats main purpose now is to insult someone, so as soon as I see it used in a post, I typically deem the poster UOR (“Unworthy Of Response”) and move on.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Wait, people actually get offended by “oom”? How? Unless it has another meaning than “Out of Mana” that I’m just not getting…

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NeoWolf

No MMORPG terms and terminology do not bother me at all. This carebear is not twink motivated, nor does he gank or troll folks, he knows his roles and doesn’t worry about DPS or DKP he just likes making and playing toons by the boat load in fantastical environments with wonderful stories :)

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Hydlide S

I make sure to say “toon” when talking about a character because it just infuriates some people and I find that hilarious.

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mysecretid

(Pushes the name Hydlide S to Boba Fett’s datapad) “Disintegrations are allowed for this job”

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hurbster

The way certain people say ‘carebear’ can be quite insulting.

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Schmidt.Capela

For me It’s not really about the words, but the usage. If anyone uses one such word with the intent to offend — regardless of whether I’m the target or not — and I’m in the same party, one of us is going to leave.

Besides that, excessive cussing can make me uncomfortable enough to stop playing for a while, though this usually only happens when around someone that uses the F word as punctuation. Plus, confusion-prone acronyms (such as EA), as well as common errors that could change the meaning of the sentence (such as “rouge” instead of “rogue”), can annoy the heck out of me, but not enough for me to stop playing or leave group.

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Pandalulz

What I realize from this comment section, is that other than the obvious offensive insults, none of this other stuff bothers me at all. I mean, as far as things go, I’ve come to embrace my casual carebear entitled noob toon status.

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thirtymil

“link gearscore + achi”

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Veldan

achi still better than “cheevo”

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thirtymil

Heh, yup. Cheevo sounds like a savoury snack to me.

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

Or a Mexican slur.

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Peregrine Falcon

I find Toon mildly annoying. I’ve played RPG’s since the 70’s so the term has always been character.

The absolute worst, for me, is when a vehicle (like a car or speeder) is called a mount. For some reason that just grinds my gears.

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zoward

“fag”.

There, I said it.

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Veldan

This isn’t really MMORPG lingo though, or even gaming lingo.

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Utakata

Or “that’s gay” in the negative.

…and inB4 folks point out that existed long B4 MMO’s, those terms where being thrown around in a fairly normalized fashion on forum boards and in chat from my experience. And abandon all ye hope if anyone tries to bring up any issue with that. /bleh

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Paragon Lost

Toon.

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Utakata

I think this is where my pigtails will part company with many of the commentary here. That is, guilty pleasure: I really like that term. :(

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Paragon Lost

No one’s perfect oh mighty pink pigtailed one. :) I forgive you. Heh.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

After Toon, Noob is my least favorite MMO word. It is always used in the negative and to be dismissive and derogatory. I always get the feeling that those who use it feel that they have just graduated from being tyros and so it is safe to start calling other people noobs, since they are now one iota superior.

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

Oddly, I don’t mind the word Newb but I do hate Noob. I really hate n00b. Somehow the zeroes make it more insulting….

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MeltWithYou

lol dkp…

I was sitting in traffic as one tends to do in DC and someone pulled up along side of me with a license plate that read “DKPMINUS”

I laughed

/offtopic

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TomTurtle

Typically terms used in a derogatory manner that really aren’t limited to MMOs but often come up. Oftentimes they’re used in a tribalistic fashion that makes me roll my eyes. That the term “casual” is used negatively so much annoys me.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Right? It’s like saying amateur, with the implication that the speaker is the “pro” and therefore knows more and is better. There’s the right way to play the game, if you’re serious, and then there’s being a casual.

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Utakata

…”scrubs” and “welfare epics” where my “favorite” in that regards. Especially when developers start throwing around them for the troll bait. /sigh

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starbuck1771

Scrubs/Newbs/Noobs all the same cup of tea :P Lets just call them what they are Pawns. The lowest piece on the board until the get the experience.

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dixa

Gears.

Gears are for machines. Gear is plural and applies to worn or carried items.

Everytime I see gears used it really bothers me. That and literally.

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deekay_plus

gear is used in alot of professions and occupations to refer to your tools you use for your job.

as well as “safety gear” in alot of jobs

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Schmidt.Capela

“And I thought that you’d gotten it through your skull
What’s figurative and what’s literal
Oh but, just now, you said
You literally couldn’t get out of bed
That really makes me want to literally
Smack a crowbar upside your stupid head”

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

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Dystopiq

Gear isn’t MMO lingo. It’s been used as an euphemism for hardware and equipment for a long time.

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Schmidt.Capela

Gear, yes.
Gears, no. Using it for a collection of equipment is plain wrong. Use just “Gear” instead.

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mysecretid

Aye. As you say, I believe dixa is referring to people who put an “s” on the end of “gear” even though the term is already plural.

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dixa

We called it eq before EQ launched, the. It morphed into gear and has been the term when talking about the sum of everything your character is wearing for some time now.

Individual pieces usually referred to as loot, but the above previously mentioned intellectuals will also call that “gears”

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Jack Pipsam

That’s interesting, I didn’t know about that with ‘eq’.

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Jack Pipsam

Kit meaning gear is something I know in real life (i.e. “nice bit of kit you have there”), but never heard it used online in a game before.

As mysecretid pointed out, could be more a UK English term which was adopted here.

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mysecretid

It’s originally a British military term for equipment, I believe. My English grandfather used to refer to equipment as “kit”, long after World War II was over, or else I would never have heard it.

There’s a WW I song called “Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag” (starts around 1:29), so I guess “kit” has been around for a while.

Oh, and before anybody freaks out, the second line”fire up a lucifer to light your fag” is obsolete British slang for “use a match to light your cigarette” — nothing diabolic or hateful here.

Of course, the later notion that homosexuals were people who were fit to be burned like a “fag” (originally, a bundle of sticks) was indeed sinister and hateful — but that’s not what this song is referencing at all.

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Schmidt.Capela

If my googling skills are up to snuff, “Lucifer” was a brand of friction matches from 1830 that became so famous it was used as the generic term for friction matches. Kinda like Thermos and Dumpster, both brand names that also became generic words.

(And by all accounts they were devilish little buggers: unpleasant sulfur aroma and fumes, sometimes lighting spontaneously, explosive lighting that could throw sparks a considerate distance, etc.)

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mysecretid

Didn’t know it was a brand name that became generic, thanks!

I imagine Bayer is still pissed off that “aspirin” went that way as well, and I’ve read that Xerox had been taking steps via advertising and trademark vigilance to ensure that “Xerox” didn’t become a generic substitute for “photocopy” —

— although with everybody using computer scanner/printers to make their own copies now, Xerox’s battle may now be completely irrelevant. :-)

Cheers!

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Schmidt.Capela

The Xerox struggle is still relevant because people are applying it to printer/scanner combo devices that can copy a page without the help of a computer. What they associated with “Xerox” wasn’t the photocopy process per see, which most don’t have any inkling about anyway, but the fact they could put a page on a machine, press a button, and get a copy.

Another company struggling with this issue is Google. My spellchecker even considers “to google” a proper verb.

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mysecretid

I suspect Google may lose that fight — although they can certainly afford the lawyers for the ongoing battle, so who knows? Google is pretty much in the world’s languages as a verb by now, though, as you say.

Cheers,

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Schmidt.Capela

It kept reminding me of the car. Which kinda makes sense for “kitted out” :-p

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Oleg Chebeneev

I dont like when people use the word “twink” refering to their usual alts. When I hear it, I want to grab them by their neck, give them a good shake and yell in their face: its not a twink!! Its an alt. Twink is lower level character whose gear far surpasses what characters of that level usually have (usually created for PvP at low levels).
I dont like the word “toon” either. I prefer “char” instead.

But I do love the word “carebear”. Such a wonderful word, suits to describe so many people

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Veldan

Stuff like that usually happens when people start using a word without knowing what it means. It always annoys me. Hard to think of examples right now, but I’ve seen it plenty of times with gaming related terms.

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Fred Douglas

I always found DPS to be a needless term. Damage is one less syllable and can be used in the same way. It’s ubiquitous at this point, but I still find it pointlessly specific.

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Veldan

Nah, they’re two different things. How much damage an ability does vs how much DPS it does are two things that you should be able to talk about seperately. You need both terms. Using them interchangeably is wrong.

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Jack Pipsam

Carebear I always found annoying, especially as undoubtibly I am in that camp a lot of the time.
Toon was something I used to hate, but now gotten used too.

Autistic as others have mentioned below is so overused and flat out annoying. I know a lot of autistic people and most of them are really cool misunderstood people, shit my brother is on the extreme end of the autism spectrum (like the can’t speak end) and oh of course since I have a pony avatar I get ‘autism’ (along with creep ect) thrown at me all the time across the web.

I have personally grown a thick skin to it when it comes to people insulting me, insult me all you like, I insult myself all the time, seriously not bothered. But when stuff like autism, retard, ect gets thrown around, I don’t take it as an insult against myself, but rather all the people who do suffer/deal with it, the insult is on them and that I do not much appreciate.

Otherwise recently I just keep getting confused when people calling Early Access as ‘EA’, when EA for me forever means Electronic Arts.

But I am guilty of a lot of dumb slang, partly ironically. Going around saying “aw yeah boi!” is just what I do. Used to say ‘kek’ a lot as well before it was hijacked by conservatives. Oh and i’ll never stop swearing, it’s culturally required of me.

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i use EA for early access and i recognize the sincere confusion it sometimes causes. but then ofc there’s the people that think they’re being funny by “confusing it” when they kknow full well what i mean by it as it’s naked from the context in which it is being used (usualyl people that aren’t in teh conversation already being “funny”).

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Jack Pipsam

Oh it just plain flat-out confuses me in general, maybe because I spend a lot of my time across many gaming sites where EA still firmly means Electronic Arts. Truthfully this site is really the main one where I have seen EA be used for Early Access, along with certain specific YouTube channels.

Doesn’t help when EA publishes MMOs like Star Wars, connected in with UO/DAoC ect, so I still see EA as in Challenging Everything.

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deekay_plus

idk if it’s really common usage at all for that. i am just ofc as we all know a lazy typist making a short cut.

tho i try not to over do acronyms as. at least not to the excess of certain forums i used to post on. >> where they’d have various in jokes and memes that they used all the time and shortened to acronyms then acted superior to newbies when asked what they were.

then again with acronyms i’ve got friend that always uses really weird ones he makes up then acts ignorant about the common ones i use :D

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hamadubai

“I feared him” now means the exact opposite of what it should.

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Veldan

Lol. I was never bothered by this one actually, but I can see how some people would be.

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Bryan Correll

Okay, that genuinely made me laugh.

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starbuck1771

hell I have been guilty of using most of those terms and some are still used. I even use the word TOON sometimes. Some of the words are used IRL. Like Carebear, Tree huger, Bunny Huger and Snowflake.

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miol

Anything that comes out of those Benjamin Buttons’ mouths!

-“WoooOOOoooOOOooo.” *shudder*

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Aywren

My immediate response is “toon.” It just feels like it trivializes my character to call it that. I don’t spend hours and hours developing and gearing a “toon.” Or spend money for cosmetics on a “toon.”

This is a character. You can keep your toon. ;)

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starbuck1771

The story behind the word Toon is that the characters you play are legit cartoon characters that you play dress-up with. It’s pure and simple.

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Aywren

Yep, I’ve heard that story, which is why I feel it trivializes my character to call it a “toon.” The word “toon” makes me think of a cartoon (which I have nothing against, I enjoy cartoons, but it does have more childish connotation) while the word “character” is used in literature and fiction writing. It just seems like a more respectful and serious term for something I put a lot of time into. Or, it might just be the writer in me the prefers it. :)

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Schmidt.Capela

(which I have nothing against, I enjoy cartoons, but it does have more childish connotation)

Which mainly tells me you don’t know enough cartoons. Cartoons — like comics, movies, books, TV series, etc — is just a format for presenting content. It can be childish or mature as needed, just like Teletubies and Game of Thrones are both TV series.

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Aywren

I agree with this. I only said the word had a childish connotation. I didn’t say I thought of them as childish. I have all due proper respect for awesome animation as an art and storytelling platform.

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CthulhuDawg

Super Jail and Duckman are perfect examples of cartoons geared for more mature audiences.

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starbuck1771

There are many out today. the simpsons, family guy, american dad, bob’s burgers, Bojack horseman, and the list goes on and on.

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Schmidt.Capela

If you include Japanese and European cartoons the list is far longer, with many quite old works in it.

Japanese cartoons (anime) in particular are very numerous, with works in all genres and aimed at all population segments, from pre-school kids to mature adults of both genders; hentai (pornographic cartoons) might be the most explicit case of cartoons not meant for kids, but things like Akira, Grave of the Fireflies, and Monster are certainly not childish either.

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deekay_plus

heard a bunch of origin stories for it. i have no idea which one is truest. all i know is when i first entered into 3d mmo’s with swg everyone called their chars toons so i just followed suit.

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starbuck1771

To be honest I still call them toons from time to time.

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Armsbend

Only bad pop reference that goes on way too long. Like, “arrow to the knee” and Leeroy Jenkins. Other than that I enjoy watching internet language evolve the same way I enjoy watching language evolve.

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in this sense i hate reddit top comment threads and people who use them thinking they’re impressing anyone.

sadder is the peopl that are actually impressed by people using them.

they also tend to ruin semi interesting looking shows/movies beforei get a chance to see them and i no longer want to watch them at all. or ruined old faves. i’m pretty fucking tired of hearing references to towels lamps and the verse in star citizen venues for example. so cringey. hhgttg refences in general anywhere from anyone make me roll my eyes and cringe and think less of them unless they are a child reading the book for th efirst time.

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“Bro” and “Bra”

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Veldan

“bruh”

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Armsbend

Bro is older than personal computing.

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starbuck1771

Uh sorry but those are not mmo or internet slang but real world slang that mean brother that have been around longer then the internet. So you will just have to live with those because they are not going anywhere. :P

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Jack Pipsam

How about “Boi”?

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Can’t say I’ve noticed kiting go away. Kiting mobs is always a thing isn’t it?

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starbuck1771

The one word I don’t like to use. I just say Pull the Mob.

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Schmidt.Capela

Kiting is a different concept from plain old pulling, though. Kiting is when you keep pulling the mob without the intent to engage, like a kid running with a kite, while pulling is typically used for when you pull the mob with the intent to engage.

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or kiting players in pvp.

hell in recent years i’ve seen youtuber “strategy guide” makers act like they’re geniuses for suggesting players do it. and sadly players who act like these people are geniuses for suggesting it. XD

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A Dad Supreme

It’s not specific to MMOs but the first time I ever heard it being used was while playing one…

…”gifting”.

It’s such a mayonnaise-type verb.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

It’s not a word. Even if its becoming one. Neither is “gifted”. Gift is a noun. Making a noun work as a verb is lazy speech to say the least. And I’m being kind here.

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Veldan

A quick google search reveals that you’re… well, wrong. It has been used as a verb for hundreds of years.

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thirtymil

Making a noun work as a verb is lazy speech to say the least

I approve of this statement. The Olympics drove me nuts when they talked of athletes ‘medalling’. It sounded like ‘meddling’ to me.

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You might not like it, but gifted has always been recognized as a word. As far as “gift” used as a verb, I suspect it will be formally added to the language soon if it hasn’t already. (informally, it’s more than earned its right to be recognized as such). I know many people don’t like the recent trend of verbing nouns, but it’s the sort of thing that happens as language evolves.

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Schmidt.Capela

According to Google, not only is the verbal form of “gift” in use since at least the 19th Century, the word “gift” itself has its roots in the verb “give”. I’m no expert, but I would say there is a chance “gift” was used as a verb before being adapted as a noun.

The verbal form of “Gift” and the adjective “Gifted” are also in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as well as my (physical, published in 1990) Oxford dictionary and my father’s New Michaelis English-Portuguese dictionary that is missing the copyright page but should be close to 40 years old.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

and I bet there was a similar backlash against this newfangled nouning verbs trend too! :P

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Sray

I love using “toon” and the fact that it drives some people crazy actually makes me love it more.

Buy if you want to make me hate you, start tossing around crap like “cuck” or “triggered”. Not sure how that became a thing, but it screams to me “I am a person with nothing worthwhile to say.”

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Armsbend

I just see triggered as a new ‘u mad bro?”. After triggered there will be something else.

The thing I don’t enjoy are all of the weird new right wing conspiracy terms. ‘False flag’ and ‘virtue signaling’ every time something bad happens or someone is nice to a race outside of their own. Like nothing bad or good can ever happen just because of random events. Everything is a conspiracy.

Peasants never should have been given the right to speak freely. A test should be taken.

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starbuck1771

Tell that to the NFL anyways I digress. Oddly enough I still use U MAD BRO when I see some Scrub or Tool raging or rage quit.

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Sray

The problem with stuff like “triggered”, “fixed that for you”, or “umadbro” is that it’s bad behavior. You would probably get punched in the face for that crap out in the real world; but people do it because they can get away with it on the Internet.

The simple question that anyone should be asking before posting on the Internet is: would I likely get punched, or would my mother give me the stink eye, for saying this to a total stranger in the real world? If the answer is yes, then don’t do it. It much tougher to live by that moto than to say it, but if we all tried to do that, we’d have much more civilized conversation on the Internet.

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starbuck1771

I can take a punch. Anyways I don’t reward bad behavior and I am doing my best to keep politics out of this. :P

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Sray

I can take a punch too, but my mom has a seriously powerful stink eye that I avoid at all costs.

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I used too say ‘triggered’ a bit for a while before I learnt how it really did actually hurt some people. I was simply ignorant to the fact it was seriously offensive to some people to toss triggered around lightly. I had just taken on face value as a dumb meme from Tumblr (I community I generally loathe for dumb drama).

So I am very sparing in the usage of it now or just try to think of other ways of getting a point across, I know it’s only a small subset of people who are actually hurt by it, but that’s no excuse now that I actually know.

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starbuck1771

That’s why I take the high road and generally ignore chat unless I am in a Group/Party/Guild/Kin/Corp/unit. I see bad stuff in games all the time especially in MMO’s that’s why they are usually rated T/M by ESRB and not recommended for children. Global/World is usually the most offensive to people.

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i have two friends in my community that know cuck drives me crazy and make a point to call me it regularly. they actually don’t align politically with the typical internet denizens who use it on social media tho. quite the opposite, they legit believe in communism unironically lol.

i find it somewhat interesting that posting a longer reasoned response to someone online is now considered being “triggered” which is an interesting evolution of the word i’ve observed from when i first came across it, generally referring to it’s early usage among a small subset of tumblr bloggers that tend to get the most attention outside of tumblr (which people erroneously believe is representative of tumblr users as a whole which really couldn’t be further from teh truth), that basically was that you should tag your posts with “trigger warnings” of stuff that you were aware might “trigger” anxiety in your followers reading or viewing certain material. but even with that for the most part i’ve observed on tumblr there is if at all a concious disregard for that especially amongst my more socially activistic aware or mentally ill mutuals/followers/people i follow that post more edgy stuff that would follow that paradigm if it were the thing to do.

anyways it’s weird that somehow a pretty normative response to antagonism is used by all “sides” involved as being triggered and being a “snow flake” alongside all the perjorative and obtusely ignorant political slurs that everyone on all the social media call each other these days all the time.

i also tend to dislike usage of entitled tho that’s somewhat fallen off. but i found the people using it were often acting the most as if they were inherently entitled to things more than the people they were claiming to be entitled. wether politics or video games or w/e.

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Sray

Yeah, “entitled” is one of those words I find that tend to get tossed around mostly by so-called “hardcore players” shortly after acknowledging themselves as a minority, and then complaining about how games are no longer made for them, and instead are now made for the majority of players (“entitled whiny casuals” tends to thrown around a lot). The lack of self awareness at their own comments is stunning.

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Armsbend

‘Entitled’ has lost any meaning on the internet at all.

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Indeed. “Entitled” as an accusation has become just another synonym for “Shut up”.

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or how certain game companies are somehow entitled to our spending.

back on tsw forums a certain poster who was demanding raids and that said raids have the best gear went on a rant about how non raiders were filthy casual obamy loving welfare abusers and that she was a hardworking small business owner who had too much taxes and red tape and earned her epics the hardway with dedication hard work and overcoming the triala nd tribulations of the hardest content which ofc can only be wow style raid content.

not even kdding.

that person became extremely prominent in the wildstar pre launch community and got a priority invite to teh beta when it began. which teh devs and fansite/subreddit owners/mods only enabled her.

went well for wildstar didn’t it?

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Schmidt.Capela

One funny thing is, they don’t seem to know the actual meaning of “entitled”. As often as not, when they say someone isn’t entitled to something, that person is actually and legitimately entitled to it.

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Darthbawl

Over the last few years or so, “git gud” has been driving me nuts.

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starbuck1771

There is also the Epic l2p (Learn to Play) I just ignore those moron’s because they usually think the way to play is their way. That’s exactly why I pissed off players during the Overwatch beta because they were always trying to dictate how Bastion was defense only and they would rage quit once I showed them they were wrong. Even today there are those who say that and they get mad when I get play of the game after all of their smack talk. :P

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L2P was a lot more tolerable than “git gud” imo

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Shiro Madoushi

just “toon”

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Melissa McDonald

well, MOST OF IT, honestly.

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Ravven

Has to be anyone using the phrase “git gud.”

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Serrenity

L2P has to be the biggest one for me probably because the only people who use it are generally those with an inflated sense of skill and their importance in a game world.

Also – the overuse of lol. Some people use it like punctuation and in my head I’m often screaming “YOU AREN’T LAUGHING STOP SAYING YOU ARE LAUGHING OUT LOUD”… then I tell those pesky kids to get off my lawn :-p

I’m going give a +1 to ‘baddy, bads’ – Hate that one.

newbie/noob/froob never really bothered me — when I first heard it (in Anarchy Online) it was a term more of endearment than anything else so that’s still what i associate it with.

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i often use lol to indicate to someone i’m having a text conversation with that i’m listening/reading and still at the keyboard when they are telling me stuff that it is better to listen than to interject something from my side.

sort of like saying mmhmm on the phone or nodding in an irl conversation.

i also spell out L O L in voice and irl conversation when i think something is funny/amusing but hasn’t triggered an actual laugh response. tho occasionally i’ll say it first then actually laugh out loud irl.

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David Goodman

Any strategy/card game often has the more bitter players refer to decks or builds as “cancer” and that really, really upsets me as someone who has lost multiple family members to it.

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thirtymil

I haven’t heard it for a while but yeah, I’d forgotten how distasteful that one is, for reasons similar to your own.

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Not a fan of “toon” for character. For whatever reason, it’s like nails on the chalkboard for me when I see it. I understand where it comes from and why it is used, but I have hang-ups on it. I’ve tried to find a rational reason why it has an effect on me, but I cannot really find it. The closest I get is that I did a bunch of roleplaying before the term was coined, so I was already using “character” — “char” for short hand — and enjoy the personal connection I have with that terminology over the other.

So it really just ends up being preference, and my general rule for such things is to ultimately not care; it’s trivial. I still have an initial reflexive reaction, and it’s lessened over the years, but in the end it doesn’t matter what people call their characters.

I do think as a community we dropped the ball on WTS/WTB. In NexusTK we had S> and B> respectively. I feel those look cooler and are 1 character less.

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If someone asks you how tough a particular mob is to take down don’t ask them “What’s it con?” they won’t understand.

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MesaSage

Creeps and kiting are still alive and well in Lotro. Those don’t bother me at all because they’re pretty accurate. More-so now because Lotro really has kites.

Stone cold “Invite me” pretty much grinds my gears.

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when asking strangers for invites we usually do inv pls in guild we do “invite me” for brevity lol. but we’re not asking we’re just communicating that the group leader hasn’t invited a person that is going to be obviously in the group yet. lol

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“Toon” is one of those that get on my nerves. Kinda silly, i know, but I think of cartoons when I hear that word. I prefer the term “Character”, or even “Avatar” if we need to sound fancy.

Then there’s “Baddy” or “Bads” when someone is complaining about a player’s skill. I think it sounds ridiculous, like the kind of thing kindergardeners would yell at each other while judging each other’s coloring skills. Lol, every time I hear that use, I imagine it coming out of some screechy kid who’s toy has been taken away.

Finally there is “Whale”. There is something to be said when a publisher labels a group base on how much money you can make on then, but that’s not why that word bothers me.
It just makes me feel fat :(

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Hirku

I don’t care for terms like “hardcore” or “carebear,” and I hate the phrase “real gamer” like you wouldn’t believe.

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