1997-1-22 last update, 1997-1-21 first day
Robert Jasiek, jasiek@berlin.snafu.de

Go Server Slang

On go servers the standard language is English. It can be considered a slang, because words, phrases, and grammar structures are highly abbreviated. Typing tends to omit all obvious parts. Information is compressed to its essential semantics.

Grammar

This document shall not treat grammar in detail. To give just an example: A chatter might want to express "Who does win this game?". The obvious parts "does" and "this game" are redundant, grammar is simplified and results in the infinitive "win", "Who" is too long for typing and replaced by "W" for the white player, for example. Thus the sentence reads "W win?".

Word endings and vowels can often be omitted if the context still allows correct interpretation. "cnfus" = "confusion". Sometimes it might mean "Confucius".

Phonetic shorthands are widely used. "u r" = "you are".

Spaces between abbreviations can be omitted. "ic" = "i c" = "I see." = "I understand."

Abbreviations

The following is no attempt of completion. Hints as to extensions are welcome.

-
(from) to
*
rating with *, * of automatic replay
!
(exclamation)
?
(questioning)
$
money, dollar
&
and
#
number
@/&-:?!"(#
(interjection of anger)
1
one
1 5
game with 1 minute basic time and 5 minutes byoyomi
1/5
game with 1 minute basic time and 5 minutes byoyomi
2
to, too, two
3-4
the 3-4-point
4
for
a
and
b
black
B
black, bottom (side)
B+2.5
black wins by 2.5 points
B-2.5
black loses by 2.5 points
BTW
by the way
c
see
d
dan, would
ex
example
f
for
game?
Do you want to play?
h2
handicap 2 stones
hi
Hello!, (Hello, do you want to play?)
i
I
ie
that is
IMO
in my opinion
IMHO
in my humble opinion, I want to emphasize that I think that
its
it is
k
kyu
L
left, lower side
LL
lower left
LR
lower right
lk
like
m
am
n
no
o
oh
ok
(agreement)
p
professional dan
pt
point(s)
r
are
R
right
s
so
sorry
(general excuse)
t
the, there, this
thx
Thanks!, Thank you!
u
you
ur
your
U
upper (side)
UL
upper left
UR
upper right
w
white, with
W
white
w/
with
w/o
without
x
multiplied by
y
yes

Smilies

A smily may end a text to add a quality to thought. There are two types of smilies: closing and opening. Both consist of at least two punctuation marks.

Closing smily. It requires an appearance of closing the left side. It means to end a thought, to close discussion of thought, or to smile about the previous thought. Examples are :) :-) :<) <-) -: -:? -:8 ::) :))

Opening smily. It requires an appearance of opening the right side. It means to open discussion of a thought while smiling about it. Examples are: :( :-( -( :(> :-> :- :(( :(--