A Brief 'Net Primer

Acronym Dictionary

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!


AFAIK			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 Fault
BAIK			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 Symptoms
C&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 Ya
D&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 Myself
DUCWIC			Do You See What I See?
DUCWIM			Do You See What I Mean?
DUHWIH			Do You Hear What I Hear?
E2EG			Ear to Ear Grin
EOD			End of Discussion
EOL			End of Lecture
ESAD			Eat S* And Die
ESAL			Eat S* And Live
ETLA			Enhanced TLA
FAQ			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 Opinion
GASP			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 Face
HAND			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)
IAC			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 Disclaimers
JK			Just Kidding
KISS			Keep It Simple Stupid
KMA			Kiss my A*
KWIM			Know What I Mean?
L8R			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 Puke
MCBTY(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 Business
NAA!			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 Problems
OATUS			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 Effect
PBKAC			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 More
ROFFNAR			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! 
SAR			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 Procedure
TANJ			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 Died
VETLA			Very Enhanced TLA
WAB			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 Get
YAOTM			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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