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Online Acronyms, lol Speak, and Text Jargon Pocket Dictionary

Updated on May 3, 2010

IRL: In Real Life. Refers to a harsh alien world theorized to exist outside of the internet and the events that take place there. This is where children are told their loved ones who are now offline have gone.

tl;dr or Teel Deer: Too long; didn't read. Anything longer than the catchphrase from a beer commercial is probably boring and will never be read ever by anyone. IRL pioneered this concept years before the creation of the internet however.

TTYL: Talk To You Later.

Cya: See ya; as in, I will see you later

DL: Download.

SEO: Search Engine Optimization

Orly: Oh Really?

Yarly: Yes, Really.

MMO/MMORPG: Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game

WOW: World Of Warcraft

F2P: Free To Play. (Also indicates you should never ever play this game.)

OP: Original Post/Poster

OC: Original Content. (Most likely a myth)

LOL: Laugh Out Loud. (no one has actually laughed out loud prior to typing this sunce the early 90s)

ROFL: Rolling On Floor Laughing

LMAO: Laughing My Ass Off.

ALL CAPS: Indicates yelling or the presence of Billy Mays.

Lolcats: Cats in cute and or funny pictures with captions written in a particular kind of netspeak known as lolspeak. The most common example of lolspeak is “I can haz cheeseburger?” which is a request for a cheeseburger.

FML: Fuck My Life. Refers primarily to an extremely popular site featuring short stories outlining the everyday disasters of readers.

Homeopathic: Fake and worthless but still expensive.

1337: pronounced “leet” a shortened form of the word elite. It refers to internet or computer programming skills of the highest sort. 1337sp34k or leetspeak is the use of numbers to type words.

Plox/plz: please

Pwn: originally a typo of the word own. It became so common it has replaced own. It means to dominate, beat, prevail over, etc. Pwnage is a common form.

Thread: a forum topic and all responses.

Godwin’s Law: “As a thread grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” When this happens it is considered the end of a thread and proof that all parties involved are no longer or never were reasonable.

Lurk/Lurker: Lurking is the act of reading a forum or chat without posting anything. This is usually approved of and disapproved of in fairly equal amounts as a lurker does not contribute anything but is not detracting from the discussion.

Spam: extremely repetitive posting/E-mailing/commenting usually perpetrated by someone who stands to make a profit. Spam is the most universally detested offense on the internet. If you spam or are believed to be a spammer you will be banned with extreme predjudice.

Ban: When the moderator of a chat/forum/web service/etc prevents an individual from posting, usually as punishment. There are numerous kinds of bans. A permaban is intended to be permanent and will last until a moderator removes it. An ip ban blocks a particular ip address so that no matter what a user at that address does they cannot post on that site; this often causes irl drama when multiple family members use the same computer. An Account Ban blocks a user based not on ip but by their account, the most easily circumvented variety of ban.

Banhammer: when an individual is capable of banning an individual they are said to wield the banhammer.

Mod: Moderator, usually wields the mighty banhammer

Shoop/Shop: to Photoshop or digitally edit a picture.

Teh: Intentional misspelling of “the.” lolspeak

Moar: Intentional misspelling of “more” lolspeak

Liek: Intentional misspelling of “like” only used to indicate approval or affection not similarity. lolspeak

N00b/noob: Someone who has not learned the proper social intricacies, function of, or developed sufficient skill and experience with the use of something. Usually a video game but anything with a chat or forum will have n00bs. Unlike a “newb” who is simply new to something a n00b can remain a n00b indefinatly. N00b is an insult and indicates stupidity, lack of skill, lack of experience, ignorance, social ineptitude, and often naïveté.

Troll: Though it originally had a different meaning it now refers to someone who makes intentionally inflammatory remarks in order to get a rise out of people. A troll argues for sport and almost always cares little or nothing about the substance of the subject they are discussing. Someone who responds to a troll is referred to as troll-bait; troll-bait is more disliked than trolls themselves. Do not feed the trolls, your hatred only makes them stronger.

Google: Beneficent dictator of the internet and final arbiter of all knowledge. When used as a verb it means to search for a term using Google. Theoretically to “Yahoo” something would mean to search for something on Yahoo, but this word will never be used as no one would ever recommend using a search engine other than Google; it might not even be legal.

AFK: Away From Keyboard.

FTW: For The Win.

IM: Instant Message.

AIM: AOL Instant Messenger

G2G: Got To Go; I have to leave.

BRB: (I will) Be Right Back.

Meme: Sort of hard to explain; essentially it is an internet “in joke.”

Imho/imo: In My Humble Opinion.

A Final Note and Warning:

There are many guides like this floating around through the interwebs (internet) most are, like myself, well meaning individuals trying to light the path for others. Some of them are not. DO NOT DELETE SYSTEM 32 sooner or later someone will advise you to delete system 32, they will likely be helpful knowledgeable individuals, or at least seem that way. System 32 essentially is the software component of your computer's power button, if you delete it you will not be able to turn on your computer and if you can't turn it on you can't replace the files. Convincing someone to delete System 32 is a time honored trolling tradition, much like black-faxing Tom Cruise, and a bored troll is always on the lookout for their next victim. If you trust someone else's advice over mine in the area of System 32 you will turn your computer into a non-biodegradable box of useless; I'll laugh at you, hard.

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    • digitalkdogg profile image


      7 years ago from State College, PA

      For the most complete online texting dictionary reference you should check out

    • Falsor Wing profile imageAUTHOR

      Falsor Wing 

      8 years ago from Lodoss the Accursed Isle

      I'm fairly certain the word meme came from the sociology term meme which is essentially a packet of social information, but that discussion is beyond the scope of a pocket dictionary.

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      ITS ME 

      8 years ago

      Meme (said "meem") is a shortening of the word "phenomenon." It refers to a joke that has gone viral to at least a small degree; that is, the joke might be known outside of a single website or even forum topic. originally meme was meant to describe anything that went "viral" or was widely popular at all (popular quizzes for myspace were once considered memes).

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      8 years ago

      Haha the system 32 part was my favorite :)

    • angela_michelle profile image

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      8 years ago from United States

      imho I liek this! TTYL

    • Rafini profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      oh lordy, lordy. I'm gonna be in trouble one of these days, and everyone's gonna see it! lol

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      8 years ago

      I lol'd.


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