1997-1-22 last update, 1997-1-21 first day
Robert Jasiek, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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."
The following is no attempt of completion. Hints as to extensions are welcome.
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: :( :-( -( :(> :-> :- :(( :(--