Internet slang consists of slang and acronyms that users have created
as an effort to save keystrokes. Terms have originated from various
sources including Bulletin Boards, AIM, Yahoo, IRC, Chat Rooms, Email,
Cell Phone Text Messaging, and some even as far back as World War II.
Internet Slang is also called AOL speak, AOLese, AOLbonics, netspeak, or leetspeak
(although leetspeak traditionally involves replacing letters with
numbers and is reseved for games). While it does save keystrokes,
netspeak can prove very hard to read.