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-Community/Chat Slang and Abbreviation Glossary:

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  • AFAICR: As Far As I Can Recall/Remember
  • AFAICS: As Far As I Can See
  • AFAICT: As Far As I Can Tell
  • AFAIK: As Far As I Know
  • AFK: Away From Keyboard
  • ASL: Age / Sex / Location
  • ATM: At The Moment
  • AYBABTU: All Your Base Are Belong To Us


  • B2B: 'Business 2 Business' (Also Known As 'Back 2 Back')
  • BBL: Be Back Later
  • BBS: Be Back Soon
  • BCNU: Be seein' you
  • Blog: Weblog
  • BOFH: Bastard Operator From Hell
  • BOHICA: Bend Over, Here It Comes Again (from military slang)
  • Bot: Any type of automated software in chatrooms
  • BRB: Be Right Back
  • BRT: Be Right There
  • BSOD: Blue Screen of Death
  • BTDT: Been There Done That
  • BTW: By The Way


  • CU or CYA: See you (later)
  • CYA: Cover Your Ass
  • Cyberspace: virtual reality, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other kinds of computer systems


  • DoS: Denial of Service (a malicious attack on a computer system)
  • DDOS: Distributed Denial of Service (a malicious attack on a computer system)


  • EoL: End of Line
  • ETA: Edited To Add


  • F2F: Face To Face
  • FFS: For Frack Sake
  • FGSFDS: Has no meaning, is meant to indicate lack of understanding or apathy
  • Flamer: one who writes inflammatory posts, also known as an Internet troll
  • FOAD: Frack Off And Die
  • FOAF: Friend Of A Friend
  • FOD: Frack Off And Die
  • FPS: First Person Shooter
  • FPS: Frames Per Second
  • FTL: For The Loss/Lose
  • FTW: For The Win
  • FUBAR: Fracked Up Beyond All Recognition/Repair (from military slang; pronounced "foo-bar")
  • FUD: "fear, uncertainty, and doubt" (the purposeful spread of misinformation)
  • FWIW: For What It's Worth
  • FYI: For Your Information


  • G2G: Good To Go
  • GG: Good Going/Game
  • GMTA: Great Minds Think Alike
  • Godwin's Law: dictates that the longer a thread, the more likely someone will post a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler.
  • GTG: Got To Go


  • HAND: Have a Nice Day
  • Hit: a request made to the Web server, (noun) the results of an internet search, (verb) loading a Web page. Hits are not equivalent to visitors of a webpage.
  • Home: the website's introduction page, starting point, and guide. The technical term is "index"
  • HTH: Hope This/That Helps, Happy To Help


  • IANAL: I Am Not A Lawyer
  • IAWTC: I Agree With This Comment
  • IDC: I Don't Care
  • IDK: I Don't Know
  • IIRC: If I Recall/Remember Correctly
  • IM: Instant Messaging
  • IMHO: In My Humble/Honest Opinion
  • IMNSHO: In My Not So Humble Opinion
  • IMO: In My Opinion
  • IOW: In Other Words
  • IRC: Internet Relay Chat
  • IRL: In Real Life
  • IYKWIM: If You Know What I Mean


  • Jaggy: aliased computer graphics
  • JK: Just kidding
  • j/k: Just kidding


  • KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid
  • KTHX : Ok Thanks


  • Lag: Slang term for slow Internet speeds or high Internet latency; Lag is sometimes due to a server problem, but more frequently due to the connection between client and server. A slow or intermittent connection may often be referred to as laggy.
  • Lamer: A know-nothing
  • LMAO: laughing my ass off, a variation of the above, with many variations and additional letters in the acronym
  • LOL: laughing out loud, laugh out loud, lots of laughter
  • Lurker: one who frequents a message board without participating in discussions


  • Mactel: Macintosh based on Intel Processor
  • MOTD: Message Of The Day
  • MYOB : Mind Your Own Business


  • Newbie: an inexperienced user
  • Newb: an inexperienced user
  • Noob: an inexperienced user
  • N00b: an inexperienced user
  • NIFOC: Naked in Front of Computer
  • NM: (Sometimes written N/M) No Message or No More, used on Internet forums or e-mails to indicate that everything is already said in the subject line. NM is also Internet slang for Not Much.
  • N/M: No Message or No More, used on Internet forums or e-mails to indicate that everything is already said in the subject line. Also Internet slang for Not Much.
  • NP: No Problem
  • NSFW: Not Safe For Work (indicates that one should avoid accessing the labeled link from a workplace due to the presence of pornography or other unsuitable content)
  • NVM: Nevermind
  • NWS: Not Work Safe


  • O RLY: Oh really?
  • OIC: Oh, I See
  • OMG: Oh My God/Gosh
  • OMFG: Oh My Fracking God
  • OOT: Out Of Topic
  • Op: Operator / Moderator (also SysOp)
  • OP: Original Post or Original Poster"
  • OS: "Operating System"
  • OT: Off Topic
  • OTOH: On The Other Hand
  • OYATM: One Year Ago This Month


  • P2P: peer-to-peer, person to person, player to player, programmer to programmer
  • PEBKAC: Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair.
  • PEBCAK: Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard.
  • PIMF: Preview Is My Friend (used by someone who, having failed to preview, has just posted a comment with an embarrassing typo)
  • Ping: Are you there?
  • PITA: Pain In The Ass
  • PIYF: Preview Is Your Friend (used to make fun of someone who has failed to preview their post and posted a comment with an embarrassing typo)
  • PLMK: Please Let Me Know
  • PM : Personal/Private Message
  • PPOR: Post Proof Or Recant
  • PWN: A typo-deliberate version of "own or owned (past tense)," a slang term often used to express superiority over others
  • PWNED: A typo-deliberate version of "own or owned (past tense)," a slang term often used to express superiority over others


  • QFE: Quoted For Emphasis
  • QFT: Quit Feeding Trolls/Quit Fracking Trolling/Quoted For Truth/Quit Fracking talking
  • QWP: Quoted With Permission


  • REHI: hello again
  • RL: Real Life
  • ROFL: Rolling On (The) Floor Laughing
  • ROFLMAO: Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off
  • RSN: Real Soon Now (used sarcastically)
  • RTFA: Read The Fucking Article
  • RTFM: Read The Fracking Manual
  • RTFP: Read The Fucking Post


  • SCNR: Sorry, Could Not Resist
  • SFW: Safe For Work (material that may safely be viewed in one's office)
  • Smiley: emoticon
  • SNAFU: situation normal, all Fracked up (from military slang)
  • Snail Mail: normal paper mail service
  • Spam: junk email
  • Spider: the program behind a search engine
  • SSIA: Subject Says It All
  • STFU: Shut The Frack Up


  • TBH: to be honest
  • TH(N)X: Thanks
  • TIA: Thanks In Advance
  • TINC: There Is No Cabal (a term discouraging conspiracy theories)
  • TINWOP: Thread Is Nothing Without Pictures
  • TL;DR: Too Long; Didn't Read
  • TLDR: Too Long, Didn't Read
  • TOS: terms of service
  • TTBOMK: To The Best Of My Knowledge
  • TTFN: Ta Ta For Now
  • TTT: To The Top (a reply used to ressurect a thread to the top of the list)
  • TTYL: Talk To You Later
  • Tweedler: computer geek or someone who plays with themselves at the computer
  • TY: Thank you
  • TYT: Take Your Time
  • TYVM: Thank You Very Much




  • W/: with, also W/O meaning without
  • W8: Wait
  • WB: Welcome Back/Write Back
  • WOMBAT: Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time
  • WRT: With Respect/Regards To
  • WTF: What The Frack
  • WTH: What The Heck/Hell?
  • WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get



  • YA RLY: Yeah really (see O RLY)
  • YHBT: You have been trolled
  • YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary
  • YW: You're Welcome


  • ZOMG: An escalated way to say "Oh My God"
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