Literary Reference

The Tangst community has spawned the creation of a variety of new verbage used in reference to the activities and visitors of the community.
  • OP - (n) OP is a short acronym of "Original Poster," used in a discussion thread to reference to the author of the post under which the discussion has ensued. Eg: omg, I feel the same way, OP!

  • Tangst - (n) A mutation of the noun "teenage angst," in reference to the posts and comments made by visitors to the community. Generally tangst embodies angst and frustration toward life, sexuality, friends, et cetera. Tangst is considered a trademark of the Tangst community, and sithgirl. A less frequent, alternate use of tangst is the verb form, ie: The visitors tangst with a passion.

  • Tangster - (n) A noun refering to visitors of the Tangst community, specifically: Those who write tangst. Tangster may be pluralized as "tangsters," and is generally devoid of reference to the gender of a subject.

  • Tangsty - (adj) An adjective referring to one who is full of Tangst. A reference to one who writes much tangst. A person who often visits the Tangst website to submit posts and comment on others' published tangst.
The word "tangst" (n) and it's alternate usages follow regular capitalization rules. However, debate has sprung up among members of the community - who are self-professed English language nerds, grammar tyrants, and MLA adherents - as to whether or not purposefully using the lowercase "t" instead of the capitalized letter "T" is a sign of increased teen rebellion against societal decorum.

EDIT: As the community has evolved, the usage of Tangst/tangst has been more clearly defined. "Tangst" (capitalized) is used to refer to the community itself, while "tangst" (lowercase) is a reference to "teenage angst" and the posts made to the Tangst community. The terms "tangsty" and "tangsters" follow the styling rules of "tangst." Thus, unless used as a proper noun (Tangster Joe, similar to President Bob), they both shall be lowercase. (2/20/2006)