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Chat/IRC/BBS - abbreviations and acronyms

 

For the funny little faces made with keyboard characters, see emoticon.

 

Usage note: Chat abbreviations that describe emotions are typically typed within less-than and greater-than symbols (for example, <BG> for "big grin"). Chat abbreviations that represent shorthand for sentences or phrases, such as "BBL" for "Be back later" are not usually typed within these symbols. Since some of these phrases happen to denote emotions, this usage rule can easily be violated.

 

Abbreviation

Meaning

ADN

Any day now

AFAIK

As far as I know

AFK

Away from keyboard

ARE

Acronym-rich environment

B4N

Bye for now

BAK

Back at the keyboard

BBIAB

Be back in a bit

BBL

Be back later

BEG

Big evil grin

BFD

Big f***ing deal

BFN

Bye for now

BG

Big grin

BIOYIOP

Blow it out your I/O port

BL

Belly laughing

BOTEC

Back-of-the-envelope calculation

BRB

Be right back

BTA

But then again...

BTW

By the way

CU

See you

CUL

See you later

CUL8ER

See you later

CYA

Cover your ass

CYO

See you online

DBA

Doing business as

DFLA

Disenhanced four-letter acronym (that is, a TLA)

DIKU

Do I know you?

DITYID

Did I tell you I'm distressed?

DQMOT

Don't quote me on this

EG

Evil grin

EMFBI

Excuse me for butting in

EOM

End of message

EOT

End of thread (meaning: end of discussion)

ETLA

Extended three-letter acronym (that is, an FLA)

F2F

Face to face

FAQ

Frequently-ask question(s)

FISH

First in, still here

FLA

Four-letter acronym

FMTYEWTK

Far more than you ever wanted to know

FOMCL

Falling off my chair laughing

FUBAR

F***ed up beyond all repair or recognition

FUD

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

FWIW

For what it's worth

FYI

For your information

G

Grin

GA

Go ahead

GAL

Get a life

GD&R

Grinning, ducking, and running

GIWIST

Gee, I wish I'd said that

GMTA

Great minds think alike

GOL

Giggling out loud

GTRM

Going to read mail

HTH

Hope this helps

IAC

In any case

IANAL

I am not a lawyer (but)

IC

I see

IHA

I hate acronyms

IIRC

If I recall/remember/recollect correctly

ILU

or ILY I love you

IM

Immediate message

IMHO

In my humble opinion

IMing

Chatting with someone online usually while doing other things such as playing trivia or other interactive game

IMNSHO

In my not so humble opinion

IOW

In other words

IPN

I'm posting naked

IRL

In real life (that is, when not chatting)

IYSWIM

If you see what I mean

JBOD

Just a bunch of disks (like RAID, etc.)

JIC

Just in case

JK

Just kidding

KWIM?

Know what I mean?

L8R

Later

LD

Later, dude

LDR

Long-distance relationship

LLTA

Lots and lots of thunderous applause

LOL

Laughing out loud

LRF

Little Rubber Feet (the little pads on the bottom of displays and other equipment)

LTM

Laugh to myself

LULAB

Love you like a brother

LULAS

Love you like a sister

MorF

Male or female

MOSS

Member of the same sex

MOTOS

Member of the opposite sex

MUSM

Miss you so much

NFG

No f*****g good

NFW

No feasible way or no f*****g way

NRN

No response necessary

OIC

Oh, I see

OLL

Online love

OTF

Off the floor

OTOH

On the other hand

OTTOMH

Off the top of my head

PANS

Pretty awesome new stuff (as opposed to "POTS")

PCMCIA

People can't master computer industry acronyms

PDA

Public display of affection

PEBCAK

Problem exists between chair and keyboard

PIBKAC

Problem is between keyboard and chair

PITA

Pain in the ass

PMFJIB

Pardon me for jumping in but...

POOF::

Goodbye (leaving the room)

POTS

Plain old telephone service

PU

That stinks!

RL

Real life (that is, when not chatting)

ROR

Raffing out roud (Engrish for "laughing out loud")

ROTFL

Rolling on the floor laughing

ROTFLMAO

Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off

ROTFLMAOWPIMP

Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off while peeing in my pants

ROTFLMBO

Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off

RPG

Role-playing games

RSN

Real soon now

RTFM

Read the f***ing manual

RYO

Roll your own (write your own program; derived from cigarettes rolled yourself with tobacco and paper)

S4L

Spam for life (what you may get when you become someone's customer or client)

SEG

S***-eating grin

SNAFU

Situation normal, all f***ed up

SO

Significant other

SOL

Smilling out loud or sh*t out of luck

SOMY

Sick of me yet?

STFW

Search the f*****g Web

STW

Search the Web

SWAG

Stupid wild-a** guess

TAFN

That's all for now

TANSTAAFL

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

TFH

Thread from hell (a discussion that just won't die and is often irrelevant to the purpose of the forum or group)

TGIF

Thank God it's Friday

THX

Thanks

TIA

Thanks in advance (used if you post a question and are expecting a helpful reply)

TLA

Three-letter acronym

TLK2UL8R

Talk to you later

TPTB

The powers that be

TTFN

Ta-Ta for now

TTT

Thought that, too (when someone types in what you were about to type)

TTYL

Talk to you later

TU

Thank you

UAPITA

You're a pain in the ass

UW

You're welcome

VBG

Very big grin

VBSEG

Very big s***-eating grin

WDALYIC

Who died and left you in charge?

WFM

Works for me

WIBNI

Wouldn't it be nice if

WT?

What/who the ?

WTFO

What the F***! Over!

WTG

Way to go!

WTGP?

Want to go private?

WU?

What's up?

WUF?

Where are you from?

WYSIWYG

What you see is what you get

YGBSM

You gotta be s***tin' me!

YMMV

Your mileage may vary.

 

 

 

 

 

Emoticon (also known as a "smiley")

 

On the Internet in e-mail, chatting, and posted messages, an emoticon (sometimes referred to as a "smiley") is a short sequence of keyboard letters and symbols, usually emulating a facial expression, expressing a feeling that supplements the message. Most of these emoticons use several symbols to create a small face with an expression such as a smile, wink, or turned-down mouth.

 

One of our contributors says that to read these you can either tilt your head or turn the monitor on its side.

 

:-)

Smile

;-)

Smile with a wink

:<})

User with mustache, smiling

:-||

Mad

:-(

Sad

:'

-( Crying

:~

Also crying

:-))

Really happy

:-D

Big grin

:-*

A kiss

:-P~

A lick

:-o

Wow! or I'm surprised

:-|

Grim

:-P

Sticking out your tongue

:-\

User happens to be Popeye

:-/

Perplexed

=:O

Frightened (hair standing on end)

=8O

Bug-eyed with fright

:-}

Embarassed smile

:-)<>>>>>

Basic Smiley with a necktie

;-^)

Tongue in cheek

%*@:-(

Hung over

:-~~~

Drooling

>:)

Perplexed look

.)

Keeping an eye out for you

8:-)

Glasses on forehead

8:]

Normal smiling face of a gorilla

0:-)

Angel

[:-|]

Robot

(:V)

Duck

3:-o

Cow

:-[

Vampire

(_8-(|)

Homer Simpson

C|:-=

Charlie Chaplin

=|:-)=

Abe Lincoln

*<:-)

Santa Claus

-:-)

User sports a mohawk and admires Mr. T

(:)-)

Scuba diver

:-'|

User has a cold

:-{}

User with heavy lipstick

:-)8

User is well dressed

>:-<

Mad

*#:-)

Scotsman wearing his Scottish tam

%-^

User is another Picasso

#-)

User partied all night

<:I

Dunce

:-|

"Have an ordinary day!" Smiley

:}{:

Kisses (stolen from June bug)

oooo(0)

(0)oooo Toes

(-_-)

Secret smile

#.-o

"Oh, nooooooo Mr. Bill!!!"

 

 

The Japanese have worked out another set of emoticons that fits the nuances of Japanese culture.

 

Finally, as a bonus, we share our "nose over fence" (or "Kilroy was here!") with you. To use it, just do a copy and paste, make any minor space adjustments, and add a <pre> tag before it and a </pre> after it.

 

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