What on earth does '...' mean?

Mr Evil

Diabloii.Net Member
What on earth does '...' mean?

There are a lot of abreviations in use on bnet, which is understandable since you don't want to spend much time typing when being poked by carvers. Many are fairly obvious, like 'tp' or whatever. Even some of the more obscure ones like 'wug' or 'ur' can be translated with a little thought. But there is one that has me completely stumped. It is '...'.

WTF does it mean?!?!? It doesn't seem to be used consistently, so I can't work out its meaning from context, and when asked, no one will explain it (except one or two who say '...', which isn't very helpful). I've only ever seen it used on bnet, so looking for outside references is pointless. Maybe it's an expression of emotion like a smily?

Please help me understand this strange language of bnetters.
 

Gorny

Banned


Seen on its own, "..." means whoever typed chose not to say anything or is remaining silent.

Or when used like this, " ahshgdggdgd ... dhdjhjhsj" it means a pause in speaking or between sentences. I have used it both ways before.
 

Lord Chaos

Diabloii.Net Member
... means a kind of stunned silence...like in real life when someone says something and you just goes silent thinking like wtf.

... in a sentence is just a break, idiots like me use it alot. ;)
 

Inu

Banned
I use ... in this way.

Person A: Wow! Annihilus charm is good!
Me: ...

At obviousness.

Person A: PT~
Person A: PT~
Person A: PT~
Person A: PT~
Person A: PT~
Person A: PT~
Me: ...

Or

Person A: Hey Inu, play 1v1?
Me: ...k

Basically.
 

Mr Evil

Diabloii.Net Member
I know that used in a sentence it indicates a pause, or it can be used to indicate the ommission of words (in that case it is calle an ellipsis). That's perfectly standard English and easy to understand.

But using it to indicate that nothing is being said, hmmm.... I think the only possible reply to that is:

...
 

squigipapa

Diabloii.Net Member
I use ... every now and then, for the most part I basically use it as a replacement for "I'm waiting" or "wait" or "give me a minute"

example:

lets say I'm trading a vex rune and the person I'm tradeing with puts up a shael and a hel, and then waits. my reply might be ... meaning "I'm waiting" (for you to keep putting stuff up cause there's no way in hell I'm trading for that)

I donno ... I guess it depends on the situation ... ya know what I mean

...
 

muteownz

Diabloii.Net Member
i find myself using it if i'm waiting on someone.. i'm like hey wana do something.. hey hello? ... like that. i think some people do that cus they think its ieet but really dont even know why they do it. thats why they ignore you when you say whats that mean.
 

Xecras

Diabloii.Net Member
Yes, it's stunned silence.


Person 1: Oh man, Stacy is really hot. God, I want her
Diaphistaal: ....
 

jonnytx

Diabloii.Net Member
Here's one of my favorite uses of it - I log in to a public game with a lowbie or to park a mule:

xXhairballXx: leave
Clueless2000: gwt outa here u cant help us
silence
silence
silence
xXhairballXx: go NOW we'll kill u
xXhairballXx: jony leave now
Clueless2000: omg hes lvl 5
me: ...
 

ericbres

Diabloii.Net Member
I use ... all the time.
But personally I use it for 2 reasons.
1. To break up a sentence, ie. insert a pause.
2. I use it as a lure when trout fishing.

I just throw out a



...


In the middle of the water and hopefully a trout comes along and bites the lure. :sleep:
 

Slayer193

Diabloii.Net Member
Yeah... I use it to let the other person know im still there "waiting" ... And umm it's good for seperating thoughts.
 
Possible replacements for the "..." response:

Uhh...
Wtf
You have got to be kidding.
Done yet?
I'm waiting.

I'm not saying "..." should be replaced by these, I'm only trying to help clarify its use. Personally, I love using "...".
 

Dreamsmith

Diabloii.Net Member
Cloud_Walker said:
Possible replacements for the "..." response
One of my favorites was from the movie Joe vs. the Volcano, when someone says something to Tom Hanks, who instead of replying with stunned silence, instead responds, "I have no response to that."
 
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