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Keysmash

noun; verb To hit a keyboard with some degree of randomness as a means to communicate overwhelming emotion via typed or texted format. The action that yields a keysmash (n.).; blending and clipping
Random hitting of keys on keyboard, usually sent on some sort of messaging or social media platform, in a colloquial setting. Usually to used to express overwhelming emotion by virtue of it not containing words and by force of key hitting. The lack of words communicates that the emotions of the one who keysmashes cannot be adequately expressed by fully formed words. Example of a keysmash: askhfdgajdgsadsa;dfsl
 
Used to describe a type of nonsensical group of characters, usually texted. Used by younger generations, and those who text or chat via messaging media, as these groups are more likely to keysmash and be proficient in expressing emotion via texting language. Keysmash is used in colloquial situations, and rose to popularity with the ubiquity of technology, which created the possibility for keysmashing to occur. Also can be associated with LGBTQIA+ community.
Etymology : A compound of the words “key” (n.) and “smash” (v.). “Key” refers to keys on a keyboard for typing. “Smash” was likely chosen as it has the connotation of hitting with no small degree of force, intensifying the action. This helps emphasize the emotional part of keysmashing.
Source : “makes a sound that might be the verbal equivalent of a keysmash” Accessed 11/30/2019 Published 8/1/2018 Context: Used in fanfiction to describe the noise a character makes when emotional
Last modified: 20 December 2019


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