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Confused By All the Internet Lingo?

Updated on September 18, 2008

Are You Confused Enough Yet?

I can remember several years ago when I first began using the internet for playing games online. I had an account with Slingo and Pogo and just loved playing the games there.

As time went by, I finally got brave enough to use the chat since I had come to realize by reading that not everyone online was a monster waiting to stalk you throughout cyberspace. My biggest problem was figuring out just what they heck everyone was saying!

The more I watched the chat, the more I began to catch on to the lingo that was being posted in the chat. It was not unusual for me to have to question what some things meant when I was in conversation with someone. Fortunately, I was in a great room of people that had a lot of patience and all too willing to help me out. Much like the experienced users here at HP.

Some of the most used lingo

I decided since there may be people here who are not as familiar with the chat phrases, I would compile a list to help them to understand what is going on in some of the conversations they may encounter online. Here is my list:

2moro - Tomorrow

2nite - Tonight

BRB - Be Right Back

BTW - By The Way

B4N - Bye For Now

BCNU - Be Seeing You

BFF - Best Friends Forever

CYA - Cover Your A** (general rule of thumb for generations)

DBEYR - Don't Believe Everything You Read

DILLIGAS - Do I Look Like I Give A Sh**

E1- Everyone

FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation (no, not Elmer, but pretty close!)

FWIW - For What It's Worth

GG- Good Going or Good Game

GR8 - Great

GL- Good Luck

GLA- Good Luck All

HAGD- Have A Good Day

HAGE- Have A Good Evening

HAGN- Have A Good Night

HB- Hurry Back

ILY - I Love You

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion (no indication of anyone's profession)

IMO- In My Opinion (not redneck for I'm going to)

IRL - In Real Life

ISO - In Search Of

J/K - Just Kidding

L8R - Later

LMAO - Laughing My A** Off

LOL - Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots Of Love

LYB- Love Ya Bunches

LYLAS - Love You Like A Sister (not the proper name)

MAWOY- May Angels Watch Over You ( my personal favorite since we started this in a game room I used to play in a lot!)

MF- My Friend (and what were you thinking?)

MHOTY - My Hat's Off To You ( no, guys this isn't a great looking woman!)

NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard

NP - No Problem

NUB - it stands for a new person (Bet you thought someone lost a finger?)

OIC - Oh, I See

OMG - Oh My God

OT - Off Topic (not the dirty word in the workforce)

POV - Point Of View

RBTL - Read Between The Lines

ROTFLMAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off

RT - Real Time

RTM - Read The Manual

SH - Sh** Happens (does not mean be quiet anymore)

SITD - Still In The Dark

SOL - Sh** Out of Luck ( not exactly the old card game)

STBY - Sucks To Be You

SWAK - Sealed With A Kiss

TFH - Thread From Hell

THX - Thanks

TLC - Tender Loving Care (some things never change)

TMI - Too Much Information

TTTH- Talk To The Hand

TTYL - Talk To You Later

TY- Thank You (not the beanie babies!)

TYVM - Thank You Very Much

VBG - Very Big Grin

WEG - Wicked Evil Grin

WTF - What The F*** (ok, you probably guessed that one!)

WTG- Way To Go

WYWH - Wish You Were Here

XOXO - it means Hugs and Kisses (something else that stayed the same)

YW- You're Welcome


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Only the beginning

Of course, these are just a few of the online terms you may run across. However, it will give you a good start on holding a conversation online and also help you develope an "eye" for the shorthand used so that you are more able to figure things out as you encounter new terms. I am sure that many of you will have many more that you have seen and I welcome you to post them here to help others who are new to the internet lingo. Hopefully, this will get you off to a good start!


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    • Bonnie Ramsey profile image

      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Hi, Net! Thanks for stopping in! Feel free to copy away! I don't think we will ever completely get everything but at least we won't be totally lost!


    • netbuilder profile image

      netbuilder 9 years ago

      I need to copy this so I will have a roadmap. I've got some of the lingo down, but found quite a few I didn't understand. thanks

    • Bonnie Ramsey profile image

      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Net! Glad you dropped by! Hope this helps


    • Bonnie Ramsey profile image

      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Thanks Eileen! Looks like this hub finally posted somewhere LOL. Took it a couple of hours!

      I just started thinking about how confused I was when I first started on the internet and thought this may help some newbies out a little LOL.


    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Gosh it is really like learning a new language. I knew a few, but not all of those. good info