Language Influence in Stan Twitter Culture

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With the development of today’s era, it is easier for humans to communicate. This gives one of the advantages to people who have same interest so that it becomes easier to communicate with each other. They are connected to each other despite the different places and languages used. As the German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “the limit of my language is the limit of my world”. The difference in language does not limit them to communicate with each other and keep up with the latest developments in what they like, one of which is pop culture.

Every social media user has their own nickname such as Facebooker (Facebook user), Instagrammer (Instagram), and Stan Twitter (Twitter). Stan Twitter is a community of Twitter users that post opinions related to music, celebrities, TV shows, movies and social media. The community has been noted for its particular shared terminology. Usually, Stan Twitter revolves around discussing actors, singers, rappers, or anyone that fits in the definition of a celebrity, such as influencers. The internet has quickly become a hub for creative activities (Literat, 2018), both original art and art based on existing characters, movies, serials, artists, and so on, as this allows the users to search for and find different ways of expression (Ståhl & Kaihovirta, 2019). The difference between a Stan Twitter and regular twitter users is that they are very dedicated and always keep up to date with the latest news on what they love. This is different to ordinary twitter users or more commonly referred to as “locals”. The locals just use twitter properly and not obsessed with the things that they like.

In their daily life, the majority of Stan Tiwtter use English to communicate. However, the English they use is different from usual. The language they use is called “Stan Twitter Language”. This language is a mixture and development of many languages. Example of Stan twitter language:

Purr

It is a short way of saying period. It means that an argument is final and and the interlocutor is not allowed to argue anymore. The evolution of this word is come from period → perry → perriana → purr.

HELP

The use of this word does not mean someone needs help, but this word is usually used to respond to a joke that is too funny. They say “help” because they can not stop laughing. They usually write it with capital in capital letters to express a sense of exaggeration.

“I can’t stand his joke HELP [inserting laughing emoji]”.

JAIL

The use of this word does not mean as a place where prisoner belong. This word is usually used to respond to dark joke that people find offensive and funny at the same time. Just like the word “help”, this word is also write in capital letters to express a sense of exaggeration.

“JAIL you can’t make joke about her aunt like that [inserting laughing and crying emoji]”.

Ratiod or ratio

This word has the meaning that someone has exceeded the number of likes or retweets of others. This word can be evidence that an argument has more support than another argument.

“Not you getting ratiod by her [inserting laughing emoji]”.

From the many new words that emerge from the interaction of the Stan Twitter, it proves that humans have a productivity factor in language. This factor is the ability to make new expressions and words by manipulating their linguistics resources to describe new objects and situations. These words were initially only used by a few people, but in their development they became more widespread in line with the increasing number of twitter users in the world. Human language will always evolve over time to adapt to the needs of communicating with other humans.

References:

  1. Literat, I. (2018). Make, share, review, remix: Unpacking the impact of the internet on contemporary creativity. Convergence: The International Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies, 25(5–6), 1168–1184. https://doi. org/10.1177/1354856517751391
  2. Ståhl, M., & Kaihovirta, H. (2019). Exploring visual communication and competencies through interaction with images in social media. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 21, 250–266. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2019.03.003

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