A Glossary of Virtual Terms

afk – a moment or more when the master mind is ‘away from the keyboard’

alt – from “alternate”, or alternate avatar; many residents of Second Life have additional avatars for various uses.

avatar an animated digital “object” representing the embodiment of the user in a virtual environment, controlled by the user

cam – for ‘camera’; a verb used to describe the act of sending your camera around your environment to see more detail, or to zoom out to see the entirety of it

code warrior a slang term for programmers (a derivative of the term ‘road warrior’ from the Mad Max movie series)

First Life – Real life, also known as atomic life, meat life, and a few other choice terms

IM instant message (can be a noun or a verb)

inworld the state of being logged in and active in Second Life

Linden Time – the time zone of Second Life, which is actually Pacific Time, Linden Labs is located in San Francisco, CA

LM a landmark; a beacon marking a specific location in Second Life, and the teleport shortcut that takes you there

metaverse a virtual environment where humans, as avatars, interact with each other in a 3D space (a term coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel Snow Crash)

newbie – a slang term for a newcomer to virtual worlds, or to the internet itself

prima virtual solid object of any shape, used as a building block in Second Life (an abbreviation of the word ‘primitive’, which is part of the lexicon used in geometry)

rez to bring an object into 3D space within Second Life (commonly attributed to the movie Tron)

Second Life -the virtual world created by Linden Labs in 2003, now host to millions of virtual residents

sim – a region in Second Life (an abbreviation of the word ’simulator’)

teleport, or tp – the ability to travel instantly to another destination in a virtual world, distinct from the ability to fly

virtual world a computer-based simulated environment based on the real world

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