I'm sorry kids but "pfp" is a way worse term for "avatar" or "userpic." The olds are ahead on this one. Can't win em all.
Armchair etymology tells me the kids hit upon the idea of shortening "profile pic" but simply lack the true radical sensibility of a trendsetting generation to make everyone start saying things like "nice pp"
"got yourself a new pp? Good choice."
@lawremipsum "avatar" can even be cutely shortened to "avi"! We do not need to reinvent the wheel here
@Pixley @lawremipsum some part of me wonders if this is in part driven by the fgact that someone's pfp isn't necessarily representative of them personally but, rather, just an image they vibe with or something
see for my by avatar really is something I find to be a little piece of me, but feelings might have changed
@lawremipsum I constantly forget what it stands for because "Pro File Pic" doesn't make sense
@lawremipsum I always want it to be Playſtation Portable™️
@derwinmcgeary feel like fhit juft want her back
@lawremipsum professional furry pic?
@platypus I'd accept that!
@lawremipsum big "we kinda know initialisms are a thing, but how to tell which letters get used?" energy on this one.
@lawremipsum to be fair on the subject of The Youth, though, something about this reminds me a lot of how on a large swath of 1990s irc, "Wb" was always capitalized for some godforsaken reason. arbitrary distinctions get taken up as part of the form of the symbol/sign without reference to any obvious coherent scheme.
@lawremipsum that or you're supposed to say "pfffp". wtf do i, an old, know about anything.
@earthtopus @lawremipsum on the one hand: yes. on the other hand, my ability (and/or will) to scrute more than about 5% of what even my own narrow age cohort is on about on The Internet is getting to be so shot that as a practical distinction it matters less and less.
(i guess the shorter version of this statement is, of course, that i am an old.)
@lawremipsum People on the French Twitter started to call their avatar a “PP” a few years back. And yes, I hate it.
@lawremipsum Didn't we use to call them "avi" at one point?
@lawremipsum "avatar" makes me shiver. It's a jpeg on server, you haven't creates a alternative manifestation of your self in the virtual cyberspace reality.
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