This qwerky business has gotten out of hand. No, not like that. In having too much fun with chalking up names us humans never heard beforeâ€”never mind those lawsuits!â€”some Israelis have done something bolder: creating a whole new language to back up that new name.
Zlango, unfortunately, is not a web application, but way cooler. It’s a new format of mobile communication, “ZMS” they dub it, in the form of icons (choose from over two hundred).
Sure, you see an eye, or a clock, or a fly. But it’s the same thing with hieroglyphics, kanji, or emoticons: each squiggle’s got a dozen connotations that depend on the context, the location in a phrase or sentence or story. It’s not just about toggling the “translate” button to help you decipher it and see how awkward the words stand side by side; it’s also about listening to your interpretation of how the message has been put together.
The icons have their own little lives to defend too, as “unused icons will be eliminated.”
Belongs to Circle Number
3, The Pseudo-Abstract
Bastardized English [slang?]
Web 2.0 Validator Score
Zly the fly
Other Qwerky Jargon
The Zlangulator (Zlango Simulator) and the Zlap It! feature (enlarge, project, and create an instant slideshow)