Since the internet was originally based on ascii communication, and mostly the typed word, a number of typing shortcuts have become quite broadly used. A few of these, listed below, refer to specific emotions, as opposed to word shortcuts. For instance, if I wanted to end a statement with a grin, to show that I was being humorous, I'd end it like this <g>. Or if what I wrote was exceedingly funny, I'd be <ROFL>.
If you don't want to be perceived as a real newbie (a person new to the internet), use one or two of these judiciously in each message where appropriate. But try to avoid using them on your children's birthday cards, or you'll look like a real geek! ;-)
FWIW, these are just a few of the many available, and as more people get online, new ones are added daily. I've provided a brief form at the bottom of this list for you to provide additional acronyms. Thanks!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
AAFAIK As Far as I Know AFK Away From Keyboard AIIC As If I Care AISI As I See It AKA Also Known As ANFAWFOS And Now a Word From Our Sponsor ASAP As Soon As Possible ASAFP As Soon As Freakin' Possible AYF All Your FaultBBAIK Boy Am I Confused BAK Back At Keyboard BF Boy Friend BFN Bye For Now BNF Big Name Fan BNI Batteries Not Included BOC But Of Course BOF Birds of a Feather (Special Interest Group) BOS Big Orange Switch (Panic Button) BOT Back on Topic BRB Be Right Back BRS Big Red Switch (Panic Button) BS Bulls* BSEG Big S* Eating A Grin BTDT Been There, Done That BTFT Been There, Fixed That BTFM Beats the Funk out of Me BTW By the way BUGS Bloody User Generated SymptomsCC&B Crash & Burn CATCH Come Again? That Can't Help! CE Creative Editing CIAO Goodbye COTFLGOHAHA Crawling on the Floor Laughing Guts Out and Having a Heart Attack CSY Can't Stop Yawning CU Cracking Up CUL Catch You Later (Goodbye) CUL8R See You Later CWYL Chat With You Later CYA Cover Your Ass CYA See YaDD&C Duck & Cover DBA Doing Business As DBN Doing Business Not DIAFYO Did I Ask For Your Opinion DILLIGAFF Do I look Like I give a Flying Figment? DITUIHIBMSL Did I Tell You I Hate IBMs Lately DITUILIBMSL Did I Tell You I Love IBMs Lately DNPM Damn Near P*ed MyselfDUCWIC Do You See What I See? DUCWIM Do You See What I Mean? DUHWIH Do You Hear What I Hear?EE2EG Ear to Ear Grin EOD End of Discussion EOL End of Lecture ESAD Eat S* And Die ESAL Eat S* And Live ETLA Enhanced TLAFFAQ Frequently Asked Questions FIGMO Forget It, I've Got My Orders FIIN F* if I Know FITB Fill In the Blank FM Fine Magic FOAD F* off and Die FOAF Friend of a Friend FOAFOAG Father of a Friend of a Girlfriend FOAG Father of a Girlfriend FOT Full of Tripe FRZ Freakin' Religious Zealot FTASB Faster than a Speeding Bullet FTL Faster than Light FUA Frequently Used Acronyms FUBAR Fouled Up (!) Beyond All Recognition (or Repair) FUMTU F*ed up More Than Usual FWIW For what it's worth FYEO For Your Eyes Only FYA For Your Action FYI For Your Information FYO For Your OpinionGGASP Go Away, Silly Person! GD&R Grinning, Ducking and Running GD&RVVF Grinning, Ducking and Running Very Very Fast GF Girl Friend GGN Gotta Go Now GIGO Garbage In, Garbage Out GIWIST Gee I Wish I'd Said That GMTA Great Minds Think Alike GOMF Get Outta My Face GRUIT Get Reay yoU Impudent Thing GTFOOMF Get the F* Out of My FaceHHAND Have A Nice Day HHO1/2K Ha Ha Only Half Kidding HHOK Ha Ha Only Kidding HOMPR Hang On, Mobile Phone's Ringing HTH Hope This Helps HWS(PEST) Husband Wants Sex (Please Excuse Slow Typing)IIAC In Any Case IAE In Any Event IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer, also IANA... such as CPA IANALBIPOOTV I Am Not A Lawyer, But I Play One On TV IARTPFWTSIOWIM I am Repeating this Parrot fashion without the slightest idea of what it Means IBC Inadequate But Cute IBM Inadequate But Marketable ICUR I See You Are IDGABTT It Don't Get Any Better Than This IDGAD I Don't Give a Damn IDGAS I Don't Give a S* IDTS I Don't Think So IIRC If I Remember Correctly IITYWTMWYBMAD If I Tell You What This Means Will You Buy Me A Drink? IITYWTMWYKM If I Tell You What This Means, Will You Kiss ME? ILIWTPCT I Love It When the Plan Comes Together ILSHIBAMF I Laughed so Hard I Broke All my Furniture IMBO In My Biased Opinion IMCO In My Considered Opinion IMHO In My Humble Opinion IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion IMO In My Opinion IMVHO In My Very Humble Opinion INPO In No Particular Order IOW In other words IRL In Real Life IUD Insert Usual DisclaimersJJK Just KiddingKKISS Keep It Simple Stupid KMA Kiss my A* KWIM Know What I Mean?LL8R Later LAGNAF Lets All Get Naked and Fool Around LLTA Lots and Lots of Thunderous Applause LMFAO Laughing My F* A* Off LMTTA Leave Me the F* Alone LOL Laughing Out Loud LTIP Laughing Til I PukeMMCBTY(SN) My Computer is Better than Yours (So Nyerrr) MFG More Friendly Garbage MHDC(A) My Hard Drive Crashed (Again) MMIF My Mouth Is Full MYOB Mind Your Own BusinessNNAA! Not Another Acronym! NBD No Big Deal NERD National Establishment for Real Dorks NFA No Flaming Allowed NFW No F*ing Way NIMBY Not in My Back Yard NJTH Not Just Thinking Here NOMS Not on MY System NRN No Reply Necessary NTL Nevertheless NUNP No Users, No ProblemsOOATUS On a Totally Unrelated Subject OAUS On a Related Subject OIC Oh, I See ONNA Oh No, Not Again ONNTA Oh No, Not This Again OOSOOM Out of Sight, Out of Mind OOTC Obligatory On-Topic Comment OTFM Only the Facts, Mam OTC Over the Counter OTOH On the other hand OTTOMH Off the Top of My Head OTTOMHAROOB Off the Top of My Head and Rolling Out of Bounds OTW On the Whole OWTTE Or Words to that EffectPPBKAC Problem Between Keyboard and Chair PFM Pure Freaking Magic PITA Pain In The Ass PMETC Pardon Me, etc. PMYMHMMFSWGAD Pardon Me, You Must Have Mistaken Me for Someone Who Gives A Damn POQ P* Off Quickly POQADCB P* Off Quickly and Don't Come back POV Point of View PPP Petty Pet Peeve PTMM Please Tell Me MoreRROFFNAR Rolling on the Floor for no Apparent Reason ROFL Rolling on Floor Laughing ROFLOL Rolling on the Floor Laughing Out Loud ROFLMAO Rolling on Floor Laughing My Ass Off ROFLOLBAG Rolling on the Floor Laughing Out Loud Busting a Gut ROFPML Rolling on the Floor P*ing Myself Laughing ROTBA Reality on the Blink Again RSN Real Soon Now [which may be a long time coming] RTFI Read the Friendly Instructions RTFM Read the Freakin' manual! RTFMA Read the Manual, Sir!SSAR Some Assembly Required SBCN Sitting Behind the Computer, Naked SHM S* Happens, Mate SICS Sitting in Chair Snickering SIIN S* if I Know SNAFU Situation Normal: All Fouled (!) Up SITD Still in the dark SO Significant Other SOE Silly/Stupid Operator Error SOL Still Out of Luck (or something thereabouts <g>) SOP Standard Operational ProcedureTTANJ There Aint No Justice -- Niven TANSTAAFL There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free lunch TCB Taking Care of Business TDMATBICPLY This Doesn't Mean A Thing But It Confuses People Like You TGAL Think Globally, Act Locally TIA Thanks In Advance (also AtDhVaAnNkCsE) TIC Tongue in cheek TINALO This is Not a Legal Opinion TINAR This is Not a Recommendation TINWIS That is Not What I Said TLA Three Letter Acronym (such as this) TM Trust Me TNOTVS There's Nothing on Television, so... TPS(S) This Program Sucks, (Severely) TPTB The Powers That Be TRDMC Tears Running Down My Cheeks TSOHF Total Sense of Humor Failure TTBOMK To the Best of My Knowledge TTFN Ta Ta for Now TTM To The Moderator TTYL Talk To You Later TTYRS Talk To You Real Soon TUFD The User File DiedVVETLA Very Enhanced TLAWWAB What, Another Bill WAMKSAM Why are My Kitties (Kids) Staring at Me WB Welcome Back WBS Write Back Soon WDYMBT What do You Mean by That WIBAMU Well, I'll be a Monkey's Uncle WMMOWS Wash My Mouth Out with Soap WTF What the F*? WTG Way To Go WTH What the H*? WYLABOCTGWTR Would You Like a Bowl of Cream to go with That Remark? WYLASOMWTC Would You Like a Saucer of Milk with that Comment? WYSIAWYG What You See is Almost What You Get WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get WYSINWNWYG What You See Is No Where Near What You Get WYSINWYG What You See Is NOT What You Get WYPIWYG What You Printed Is What You've Got WYTYSYDG What You Thought You Saw, You Didn't GetYYAOTM Yet Another Off-Topic Message YHGASPL You Have Got A Serious Problem, Lad! YSWUS Yea, Sure Whatever You Say! YMMV Your Mileage may vary YSS You Suck Severely YWSYLS You win some, you lose some
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