All the ‘algospeak’ of TikTok you don’t understand

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If you have ever seen videos on social media platforms like Tiktok, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook Reels, or twitch (so, basically, everyone), You may have noticed lots of coded words and emoji that weren’t immediately decipherable – but whose meaning you could guess with the right context clues.

Similarly, if you ever created Content for Internet consumption, you know the number one rule: Don’t bother the algorithm. modern-days social media algorithms are like the wizard of oz-Cloaked, all-powerful puppeteers who can do wonders for the right creators, propelling their content in front of millions of people instantly. But they’re as fickle as they’re promising, Often trapping material in a dungeon that is visited 53 times for no apparent reason. While the inner workings of algorithms are largely unknown, being blackballed by someone can stifle your content and seal your doom – and the quickest way to do that is to use language that is not defined by the platform’s content guidelines or May be flagged as a violation of the terms. Served.

Internet content creators have therefore developed a growing vocabulary of terms designed to circumvent automatic brand protection filters. This evolving vocabulary of euphemisms, abbreviations, intentional misspellings, symbol insertions, and emoji, known as “algospeak”, is used to communicate sensitive and potentially polarizing topics related to political topics, controversial global events, cultural taboos, death, drugs, and more. Used to hide problematic words. plain sex.

Here’s a sampling of the key words in AlgoSpeak’s current vocabulary that are heavily featured in the new online dictionary.

Unlive: Used to describe any reference to death or suicide.

Accountant: Sex workers or simply fan makers. (Chosen because after you say you’re an accountant, who’s going to ask more about your job? Nobody.)

Pickled Eggplant: vibrator. either, You know, that other thing that looks like flesh-colored eggplant.

P⭐️: porn star.

leg booty: A phonetic reference for the LGBTQ community.

Segs / Segstime: stand-in for sex.

@nal: Anus.

SA: sexual assault.

Corn emoji: A stand-in for porn. which is unfortunate considering the fact this kid went viral to be obsessed Real Maize.

Sunflower emoji: Symbol for Ukraine.

Panini / Panorama / Panda Express: Euphemism for the word pandemic, when in 2020 and 2021 anyone talked about it (and algorithms were flagging posts for spreading potential misinformation, of which there was a lot).

dance party/dinner party: a euphemism for anti-vaccine facebook group,

Swimmer: vaccinated people.

Cornucopia: Homophobia.

Nip Nops: nipples.

YT: white people.

salty: White people too. but modified since twitch to becomeDa Left Maker To use the word “cracker”.

Uy: weed.

Le Dollar Bean: lesbian (a literal text-to-speech pronunciation of le $bian, precursor to “le dollar bean”.)

Opposite of love: An expression used instead of saying “hate”.

Bink in Leo: Several variations on this exist as a stand in for “link in bio”, used to indicate that more information can be found on the products featured in the sponsored post.

going camping: A euphemism for abortion, popular after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The term was used to indicate that it was still legal in your state and that you would provide a safe haven to any woman seeking an abortion. (As in, “If you need to go ‘camping’, you can stop by my house for supplies.”)

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