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Jakarta Post

Messing with letters

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28 2009   /  09:40 am

Tribute: Although several fan pages for Ophi A. Bubu still exist, others were reportedly banned by Facebook because of the vulgar messages posted attacking Ophi.“JuD9e mE aLL y0u wAnT, jUSt keEp tHe VeRdiCt t0 y0uRsELf.”When you see text written in this kind of style, you think: (a) That’s cool. (b) Whoever wrote that should be shot, or have their fingers broken. (c) So what? If that’s the writer’s style ...
If your answer is (b), then you could be part of a growing club whose members use the word “alay” to refer to — or mock — anyone who types using a mix of upper and lower case letters and numbers.The word alay has no exact meaning or obvious derivation; it seems to have come out of nowhere. However, it refers to something “tacky” and “cheesy” (norak or kampungan, in Indonesian). Alay is used to describe, critically, how certain people dress (l...