Twitter terms defined: Social media site sparks new vocabulary

Riley Miller, Opinion Editor

Editor’s Note: Urban Dictionary, which is referenced in this article, is a publicly-edited ‘dictionary’ of slang terms. Definitions are used here for humor, and visitors to the Urban Dictionary site should be advised that not all material there is family-friendly.
Lately, Twitter has been the new thing. While Facebook had its own perks, it’s considered to be “in the hospital” by most and I think it’s safe to say that MySpace is long gone. However, a new social media site comes with new terms, jokes and ways to communicate.
Chill
Most tweeters can agree that this term is a little over-used. We’ve seen “That’s chill,” “She’s chill,” “Chill night” and more, many times on our newsfeeds. With so many people using ‘chill’ to describe everything and everyone, it really makes a lot of Twitter users question what it actually means. Besides the meaning not being completely defined, people wonder what special attraction ‘chill’ has over words such as ‘awesome’ or ‘cool.’
Urban Dictionary (urbandictionary.com) defines “chill” as “a chill person is not someone who is cool all of the time. An example of a chill person is someone who does whatever they feel like doing and not following crowds.” Synonyms include “cool,” “wicked” and “sweet.”
YOLO
You Only Live Once. This phrase has many different meanings, depending on who you ask. Everyone uses this popular saying differently, some better than others. To some “YOLO-ers”, the acronym is an excuse to “live it up”, take risks or otherwise make bad decisions while they have the time. For others, it’s just the opposite — knowing they won’t live forever, so they try their best to be safe and make their only life last. For example, one individual could post, “I put my seatbelt on before I drive, #YOLO”, while another could post, “Driving 90 mph when the speed limit is 55 mph, #YOLO.”
There really is no exact meaning for YOLO, considering how different the word’s two uses are. Urban Dictionary’s definitions for ‘YOLO’ include “‘Carpe diem’ for stupid people,” and “one of the most annoying abbreviations ever.”
Sorry Not Sorry
Twitter users typically “hashtag” this saying to signify that they’re sorry for not being sorry. For example, “Blue Valley High will always be the best school, #sorrynotsorry.” Some teenagers can take it too far, though. It is often seen hashtagged after certain put-downs or rude comments, being used the same way some people use ‘no offense’ to soften a verbal blow — it is even used as an excuse for teens to just be rude towards one another.
According to Urban Dictionary, “‘sorrynotsorry’ is a term used by someone usually unhappy with someone because they are thought to have done something wrong. They use this term as if to say “What I did wasn’t wrong so Sorry, I’m not sorry”. It is often “hashtagged” on the social networking website Twitter.”
Judgin’ You
A lot of times on a common Twitter news feed you’ll see a tweet or two like, “If you don’t watch Pretty Little Liars, I’m #judginyou.” In a situation like this one, it really just means the tweeter thinks you’re crazy for not watching a popular TV show that they love. Most of the time it’s not meant to be taken personally or that they’re actually judging you. Sometimes, though, when people add this after a negative comment, it just makes it seem a little bit worse.Twitter users actually use terms like these just to be obnoxious while others use them without even realizing they might come off as obnoxious.
As a regular tweeter myself, I have to admit that I catch myself using these cheesey terms every once and awhile jokingly. However, some users ‘hashtag’ these phrases more than your average tweeter, and have made a few of these terms part of their everyday vocabulary in real life as well as online.