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Speak Geek: Learn Computer Slang

Updated on February 16, 2007

Intro Notes:

Below is a list of Internet/Web Acronyms (also known as Computer/Chat slang, abbreviations, and jargon), some of these are new and a few are almost obsolete. Also for parents checking out this site, I have underlined expressions that are used inappropriately or used to be sly, also ones that are manipulated commonly by teens or child predators.

I have done quite the amount of research for this because this seems to be an ignorant field even for the computer let me know if this helped or if there is something that should be added THX

Computer Jargon: Chat, IM, and E-Mail Acronyms

AAK - Alive And Kicking

AAR - At Any Rate

AAS - Alive And Smiling

ADN - Any Day Now

AFAIK - As Far As I Know

AFK - Away From the Keyboard

AFN - that's All For Now

AKA - Also Known As (you remember this one...yep it's still alive)

AOTA - All Of The Above

a/s/l or asl - Age/Sex/Location - (used to ask a chatter their personal information)

AV - Avatar - Graphical representation (a picture) often used in chat rooms to depict a person that is in the room and chatting.

b4 - Before

BAK - Back At Keyboard (I'm back)

BBL - Be Back Later

BBS - Be Back Soon

b/c - Because

BCNU - I'll Be Seeing You.

b/f - Boyfriend (also shown as bf, B/F, or BF)

BEG - Big Evil Grin

BFN - Bye For Now

BMA - Bite My A** (became popular with the Simpson's cartoon show)

boot - To get kicked out of a chat room, or have to restart the computer because you couldn't talk in the chat room anymore.

BR - Best Regards

BRB - Be Right Back

BRH - Be Right Here

BSEG - Big S**t Eatin Grin

BTA - But Then Again....

BTW - By The Way

btw - BeTWeen you and me ...

chat room - A web page where people gather using software that allows them to talk to one another in real time.

CRS - Can't Remember S**t

CU - See You - also posted as cya

CUS - Can't Understand S**t (stuff)

CNP - Continued in Next Post (seen more on message boards than chat)

CP - Chat Post

CS - Cyber Sex (very uncommon but know that I don't think it has another meaning)

CUL8R - See You Later

CUOL - See You On Line

CYA - See Ya

dd, ds, dh - Darling or Dear: Dear Son, Dear Daughter, or Dear Husband. Usually exchanged in family chats.

DDSOS - Different Day, Same Old S**t

DEGT - Don't Even Go There (I don't want to talk about it)

DIKU - Do I Know You?

DIS - Did I Say

D/L, DL, d/l, dl - Downloading, or Download it.

EG - Evil Grin

EM - E-Mail

EMA - E-mail Address (example: ?ema or ema? = what is your email address)

EMS - Eat My Shorts (Bart Simpsons' catch phrase)

EOT - End Of Thread (meaning end of discussion)

ez or EZ - easy (one of the really old ones)

F2F - Face To Face

FAQ - Frequently Asked Question

FISH - First In Still Here (someone who is on line TOO much)

FITB - Fill In The Blanks

flame - to insult someone. Used when a person asks a stupid question, or says something rude to irritate the users of a chat room or message board.

FOCL - Falling Off Chair - Laughing (let us hope so)

forum - What today's message boards are called. Often using php as defining language to quickly write 'real time' messages and replies to a web site (or page)

FTS - F*** This S***

fu - F*** you (If you can't figure this one out, you shouldn't be online)

FUBAR - "Fouled" Up Beyond All Repair / Recognition

FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

FWIW - For What It's Worth

FYI - For Your Information

G2G - Got to Go

GA - Go Ahead

GAMMD - Go Ahead Make My Day ( Gamer expression, made popular by Dirty Harry)

Gamer - someone who is addicted (or advanced player) to video games

GAL - Get A Life

gest - Gesture ... a small multimedia file played over the internet, usually expressing an emotion or comment.

g/f - Girlfriend (also shown as gf, G/F, or GF)

GFN - Gone For Now

GGOH - Gotta Get Outta Here

GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike

GR - Gotta Run (also GTR & G2R)

GR&D - Grinning, Running, and Ducking.( Usually a Gamer taunt)

GTR - Got To Run

GTRM - Going To Read Mail (leaving chat room to check email)

H&K - Hugs and Kisses

hacker - person who breaks into software, or disrupts a chat room.

HAGD - Have A Good Day

HAGO - Have A Good One

Halsoft - Name of a company that purchased the brand of Chat that Excite offered, now a pay as you go service.

HB - Hurry Back

Hosts - Refers to the people that are running the chat room, they usually have the ability to kick a person off due to rude behavior.

HTH - Hope That Helps

huggles - Hugs

IAC - In Any Case

IB - I'm Back

IC - I See

IDN - I Don't know (Same as IDK)

IDK - I Don't Know

IDTS - I Don't Think So

IANAL - I'm Am Not A Lawyer (expect an uninformed opinion)

IC - I See

ICQ - I Seek You. A computer program used to communicate instantly over the Internet.

ILU or ILY - I Love You (how sweet nerd love....awwww)

IM - Instant Message

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion (or In My Honest Opinion)

IMO - In My Opinion

IOH - I'm Out of Here

IOW - In Other Words

IQ - Intelligence ( also "Intel" )

IRL - In Real Life

IYO - In Your Opinion

JAS - Just A Second

JIC - Just In Case

JK - Just Kidding

JMO - Just My Opinion

JW - Just Wondering

k, K, or kk - O. K.

KIT - Keep In Touch

L8R - Later (an early one, kind of outdated with current 'young geeks')

LMAO - Laughing My Ass Off

LFFAO - Laughing My F***(freaking) Ass Off (adds alittle more kick)

LOL - Laughing Out Loud (Everyone should know this overused term)

LQTM - Laughing Quietly To Myself ( who laughs out loud...this is more accurate )

LTNS - Long Time No See

LTS - Laughing To ones Self

LY - ( I ) Love Ya.

LYL - Love You Lots

Message Board - A web page where people write comments, and those comments are than added to that web-page for others to view. Used to carry on conversation, request information, and relay messages.

MILF - Mother I'd like to F*** (keep in mind the "ILF" might be used in other manners)

MNP - Meet in Person (also used MIP)

MUG - Refers to a new user of that chat program, goes back to Excite VP days when the AV (or icon) that represented someone new was a picture of a coffee mug.

NE1 - Anyone

newbie - refers to a person who is new to an area or technology. Also seen as nube, nooby, nubie, nb, etc.

NFW - No Feasible (or F***ing) Way

NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard

nm, or NM - Never Mind

NP, np - No Problem

NRN - 1. No Response Necessary 2. Not Right Now

NT - No Thanks

OBTW - Oh, By The Way.

OIC - Oh, I See

OF - Old Fart, someone who has been around for a while.

OJ or OK - Only Joking or Only Kidding

OL - the Old Lady

OM - the Old Man

OMG - Oh My Gosh/God (whichever you prefer it)

OT - Off Topic

oth or OTH - Off The Hook: Something is really popular, or hot. Very exciting.

otr or OTR - Off The Rack: Saying that something is outside the ordinary.

OTE - Over The Edge (beyond common sense or beyond good taste)

OTOH - On The Other Hand ...

OTOMH - Off the Top of My Head ...

OTW - On The Way ... I've sent a file to you, it's "On the way"

P911 - My parents are in the room. P=Parents, and 911=emergency, in other words either drop the subject, or watch the language.

PANS - Pretty Awesome New Stuff (often referring to computer technology)

PCMCIA - Personal Computer Memory Cards International Association

PCMCIA - People Can't Master Computer Industry Acronyms (slang)

PEBCAK - Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard (.ie. "You"...In a non-obvious way)

peeps - People. example: "There sure are a lot of peeps in this room" - meaning a lot of people are in the chat room. (also PPL)

peep this - Hey, listen to this, I've got some interesting news.

PITA - Pain In The Ass ( I suppose write PITB -- if you want to say butt instead of ass)

PLZ - Please

PMJI - Pardon Me for Jumping In (when you enter into a new conversation)

poof - when someone leaves a chat room, often seen as *poof* as in boy he *poofed* in a hurry.

POTS - Plain Old Telephone Service

POS - Parents are looking Over my Shoulder (same as POTS)

POTS - Parents Over The Shoulder - (My parents are watching, I can't really talk)

PPL - People

QT - Cutie

RFC - Request For Comments (used more in newsgroups, a page or pages that supply technical information)

rl or RL - Real Life (as opposed to being online)

rm or RM - Ready Made: pre-existing

ROFL - Rolling On Floor, Laughing (I know how could they type that and do that?)

ROTF - Rolling On The Floor (laughing is implied...unless they're on fire)

ROTFLMAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off

ROTFLMFAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing F(***ing) My Ass Off ( I know very long )

RSN - Real Soon Now

r/t - Real Time (also: RT, or rt)

RTFM - Read The "Flippin"(or F***ing) Manual (response to beginner question on net, chat, newsgroups, etc.)

RU - are you?

SEG - Shit Eating Grin (lude...maybe but it is the internet)

SH - Same Here

SMS - Short Message Service (more cell phones and pagers than chat rooms and the Internet)

SN - Screen Name. The name or moniker selected by person in an IM or chat program. ( ex: My "SN" in vp was "-lone.wolf" )

SNAFU - Situation Normal, All "Fouled"(or F***ed) Up

SO - Significant Other

SOL - Shit Out Of Luck

SOS - Same Old S**t (stuff)

SOTA - State Of The Art (latest technology)

SPST - Same Place, Same Time

SSDD - Same S**t, Different Day (Arose from Tom Clansey in his Jack Ryan series)

STR8 - Straight (can refer to sexual preference, or DSTR8 as in Damn Straight)

STW - Search The Web

SY - Sincerely Yours

SYL - See You Later

SYT - Sexy Young Thing (also PYT: Pretty Young Thing)

TAFN - That's All For Now

TC - Take Care

TFH - Thread From Hell (a topic or discussion that won't stop - esp. newsgroups)

TGIF - Thank Goodness (or God) It's Friday

THX - Thanks!

TIA - Thanks In Advance

TM - Text Message (often refers to communications with text over cell phones)

TMI - Too Much Info. (information)

TNT - 'Til Next Time

TPS - That's Pretty Stupid

TPTB - The Powers That Be (can sometimes refer to the people that are running the chat room or server)

TRDMF - Tears Running Down My Face: Can be with either laughter, or due to saddness.

TS - Tough S**t (or Stuff)

TSFY - Tough S**t For You

TTFN - Ta-Ta For Now

TTTT - These Things Take Time

TTYL - Talk To You Later

TY - Thank You

TYT - Take Your Time

TYVM - Thank You Very Much

VPPH - Virtual Places Page Host

US - You Suck

usa or USA - Until Sides Ache: Usually used with one of the laughter acronyms such as "lolusa" Laughing Out Loud Until my Sides Ache. I've also heard that some folks substitute ush for "Until Sides Hurt". rotflolush = rolling on the floor, laughing out loud, until my sides hurt.

UV - Unpleasant Visual

UW - you're Welcome

UY - Up Yours

vp or VP - Virtual Places: A brand of chat offered by Excite in the late 90s and early 2000.

WB - Welcome Back (you say this when someone returns to a chat room)

w/b - Write Back

WC - WelCome

WEG - Wicked Evil Grin

WEU - What's Eating You?

WFM - Works For Me

WIIFM - What's In It For Me?

w/o - With out

WTG - Way To Go (usually sarcastic...not suprising)

WTF - What The F**K

WT? - What The ...? or Who the ...?

WTGP? - Want To Go Private? (move to a private chat room)

WWJD - What Would Jesus Do?

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get

YAA - Yet Another Acronym

YBS - You'll Be Sorry

YL - Young Lady

YM - Young Man

YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary

YR - Y eah, Right. (sarcastic)

*ys* - You Stinker

YVW - You're Very Welcome

YW - You're Welcome

* If I forgot any, or if you'd like to add some of your own...Leave me a comment *

** Also any feedback is greatly appreciated...Let me know if this was Useful **

THX TTYL SY, The Curmudgeon


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      wavy davy 

      6 years ago

      D means Dork or Dork-aet hyu6----u6 is You sic or sick

      and Y or y is You,Yours.\, Yet and Young; meaning by Nerdism Plus; hyu6 "huckyyuckyyousick"; its not flattering by any sense of the word; maybe hanging around with a perv.set and too young.

      A bunch of them vocal/nerds gave a website; whose official name is a coming out dictionary of practical nerdisms and elite MIT genus; saying the next Microsoft will be hiring O51Lin6e$$28X234; a cyber-world concept that is so strong that the professor d.s.giovine MFAOWW; thought power is what he wants to the 44th power; send application to thankqqqmaohy06

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      7 years ago

      I must not be a nerd...cuz I haven't heard of like any of these before!

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      kate hatheway 

      8 years ago

      didn't realize that there was so many abr used on the net

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      8 years ago

      ttt - this time tomorrow

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      8 years ago

      wow you go on the computer too much

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      9 years ago

      I notice the comments go as far back as three years ago, up to now as recently as two months ago. A very fascinating piece which is up my line of interest. I am busy developing the new emerging language from the cyber world. I would like to use it in my hub which I am developing. Can you give me some permission to use part of these words in my hub? I will not use them as you have already done above, but they are one of the most important additional pieces of data I'd like to utilize. Do you have a site I can google to find the whole list? Can you update your hub to see what other 'slang' words have be added to the list? I hope you answer and give me a go ahead to use some of the acronyms you have listed above. Looking to hearing from you

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      9 years ago

      There is also LYLAS(love you like a sister) or LUFL (love you for life)

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      9 years ago

      Love it. Have been looking for this for over a year. Thank you so much...

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      9 years ago

      There is also " jc " meaning just curious. Me n my friends use it all the timee

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      9 years ago

      to all of the people who have absolutely no idea what's going on, i got a good laugh, and just google anything not on this list, it will exist somewhere on the internet

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      9 years ago

      stwbaafe=Soon there will be an acronym for everything

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      10 years ago

      u 4got tns-talking non-stop

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      10 years ago

      what does 4NR

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      10 years ago


      -got to go to the bathroom

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      10 years ago


      -gods watching

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      10 years ago

      what does ouu mean please?

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      10 years ago

      what do l2p & ftl means ?

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      10 years ago

      what about xD i don't know it maybe u should find out?

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      10 years ago

      tl;dr (too long; didn't read) -2b used when a lit posts

      404: no info/don't know (from the web error message)

      BSOD (or is this one too common?): Blue Screen Of Death (when Windows shows a blue screen with a lot of letters and numbers instead of your pretty desktop, generally right after you saved a 5,000 words dissertation......)

      STFW (see STW), GIYF (google is your friend)

      GCP (google copy and paste): in answer to "where did you get that from?" or more often to put things right when somebody pretends to know stuff but all they really do is to......GCP

      w00t : initially "we owned the other team" to describe a total victory in a MMRPG game, now any victory, like fixed broken PC, managed to VPN to work, got a new gf/bf

      Uh, everyone, just do yourselves a favour and do no use this on any normal forum (as opposed to forums dominated by the alien race currently known as "teenagers"). You might see one or 2 acronyms here and there, but a few posts before posting and adapt.........

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      10 years ago

      you forgot a few. SOB-Son of a bitchYSOB or USOB-You son of a bitchLMFAO-Laughing my fat ass offROFL-Roling on the floor laughing (also can add MFAO)

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      10 years ago

      with a teenager on the net ,as a parent,I found your site informative.

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      10 years ago

      ASCII=American Standard Code for Information Interchange

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      10 years ago

      Thanks sooo much. I love to play a game on Shockwave, but I always get booted because I don't answer anyone because I didn't know what they were asking or saying. Now I have this list by my computer and I will know WTF they are talking about!!! Thanks!!!!!

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      11 years ago

      Imn" of "rp "and dn't even{evn} kt# {know the number/name} till a pair of teen grlz told me to gt 'speek geek' get literate and " yzup"

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      11 years ago

      u pstd IC (i see) 2ce.

      hehe thrs sme slng 4 ya

      isn't D: obvius? no, it ent :D (big grin) its upset and shocked, a mix of :( and :O

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      11 years ago

      I was wondering what the slang D: means?

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      11 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea it was an entire language all of its own. I will definitely refer back to this list because I have a teenager at home. This is very useful and helpful. Thanks!

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      11 years ago

      *bump* is used in message boards to keep dieing topics on the front page, so as to keep people interested. Usually happens when hot topics run out of steam, but 2-3 people still want to "beat the dead horse".

      Can also be used to revive old threads that contain usefull info. (this is commonly known as a neco-bump)

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      11 years ago

      Que significa en lenguaje de chat hyu6 what is the meaning of hyu6 in chat lenguage

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      11 years ago

      Another slang: USCWOAP means 'up shit creek with out a paddle'. Also WPF means 'when pigs fly'.

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      11 years ago from PITTSBURGH

      What does "bump" mean on a message board? Thanks for all the great info, btw.

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      11 years ago

      Please somebody know the meaning of hyu6

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      11 years ago

      how about _|_ ? Middle finger.

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      11 years ago


      CS also means Counter-Strike, a PC war game.

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      11 years ago

      Its great for new comers of IT.

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      11 years ago from Space

      Hehe, interesting to see all these terms in one place :)

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      11 years ago from Milkyway

      That's a comprehensive internet slang guide,lol.I never thought there were so many.Thanks! It will definitely enrich my internet verbiage,lol.

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      11 years ago

      kktxbai- ok thanks bye.

      bai- bye.

      bby -baby

      cyber -internet sex

      stfu -shut the fuck up.

      gtfo -get the fuck out

      orly -Oh really.

      yarly -Ya really

      rly -realy

      noob -A person who thinks they know something about something they don't/extreamly annoying/rather stupid.

      l337 ((as seen in above post))-Leet ((really awesome))

      Uber -Really

      Wai -Way

      Whut -What

      Adv- Advance

      ATM -At the moment

      Roleplay terms:

      Lit -Short for literate. It can eiter be used for people who type out there words or for roleplayers that post 3 Paragraphs or more.

      AdvLit -Advanced Literate. These are the people that can post 8 paragraphs or more.

      Semi-lit -Below Lit. This person types 1 sentance to a paragraph.

      Illiterate -Can be used as a person who doesn't type out their words. Or a person who can't even type a sentance.

      RP -Roleplay

      RPers -Roleplayers

      MMRPG -Mass multiplayer roleplay game

      RPG -Roleplay game

      One on one ((1x1, onexone, private RP)) -A roleplay with only two people.

      Group RP - A roleplay with 3 or more people.

      That's all I can think of, at the moment.

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      11 years ago

      u forgot ttly or totally , and idc or i don't care

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      Miranda Marquit 

      11 years ago from Logan

      This is a great look at the language so many more people are using!

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      11 years ago

      Uber 1337 post ;-)

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      Lela Davidson 

      11 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

      Your list is more comprehensive, but I wrote a hub addressing parents' concerns at

      It's got some dangerous terms I don't see here - but this stuff is changing by the day! There's also a link there for a site that decodes Leetspeak. Parents need all the help we can get.

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      brittanie H 

      11 years ago

      do you knoe wat ROFLMAOSHINS is?

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      Cindy C 

      11 years ago

      I spend alot of time using IM, but I only knew probably 10% of this; I'll keep a copy of this list by my computer lol

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      Retro Computers 

      11 years ago

      Now you know how your grandparents felt when you turned on the tv


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