Speak Geek: Learn Computer Slang
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 savvy...so 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