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Acronyms are abbreviations formed by initials.  New acronyms have invaded the internet, scurrying across our computer screens in nano seconds. Many of us know FYI means for your information and RSVP  (French: Répondez S'il Vous Plaît) means to respond to the invitation.  But do you know what BWK is or IOH  or YAA?

Chances are your kids do. Check out our list to find out the meaning of these and other acronyms.

Here are a few popular 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

AOTA

All Of The Above

A/S/L or ASL

Age/Sex/Location - used to ask a chatter their personal information

AV

Avatar – Graphic 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

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**

boot

 get kicked out of a chat room, or 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 ...

BWK

big wet kiss

CRS

Can't Remember S**t

CU/cya

See You

CUS

Can't Understand S**t (stuff)

CNP

Continued in Next Post  more on message boards than chat

CP

Chat Post

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  most often 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  ema? or ?ema what is your email address

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- a person asks a stupid question, or says something rude to irritate those in a chat room or message board.

FOCL

Falling Off Chair - Laughing

forum

 message boards  

FTS

F*** This S***

fu

f*** you (If you can't figure this one out, you shouldn't be on line)

FUBAR

"Fouled" Up Beyond All Repair / Recognition

FUD

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

FWIW

For What It's Worth

FYI

For Your Information

GA

Go Ahead

GAL

Get A Life

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

GR&D

Grinning, Running, and Ducking.

GTR

Got To Run

GTRM

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

H&K

Hugs and Kisses

hack

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

HAGD

Have A Good Day

HAGO

Have A Good One

HB

Hurry Back

Hosts

Refers to the people that are running/monitoring 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

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- computer program used to communicate instantly over the Internet.

ILU or ILY

I Love You

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

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 )

LMAO

Laughing My A** Off

LFFAO

Laughing My F***(freaking) Ass Off

LOL

Laughing Out Loud

LTNS

Long Time No See

LTS

Laughing To your 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 Users carry on conversation, request information, and relay messages.

NE1

Anyone

newbie

refers to a person who is new to an area or technology- can be nube, nooby, nubie, nb,

NFW

No Feasible or F***ing Way

NIMBY

Not In My Back Yard

nm, or NM

Never Mind

NP, np

No Problem

NRN

 No Response Necessary or Not Right Now

NT

No Thanks

OBTW

Oh, By The Way.

OIC

Oh, I See

OF

Old Fart

OJ or OK

Only Joking or Only Kidding

OL

the Old Lady

OM

the Old Man

OMG

Oh My Gosh  or Oh My God

OT

Off Topic

oth or OTH

Off The Hook  popular, or hot

otr or OTR

Off The Rack outside the ordinary.

OTE

Over The Edge beyond common sense or good taste

OTOH

On The Other Hand ...

OTOMH

Off the Top of My Head ...

OTW

On The Way

*P911

My parents are in the room hush the subject/language.

PANS

Pretty Awesome New Stuff usually 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

peeps

People.  a lot of peeps in this chat room 

peep this

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

PITA

Pain In The A**

PLZ

Please

PMJI

Pardon Me for Jumping In  - you enter into a new conversation

poof

when someone leaves a chat room, often seen as *poof*

POTS

Plain Old Telephone Service

*POS

Parents are looking Over my Shoulder.

*POTS

Parents Over The Shoulder -

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)

r m or RM

Ready Made: pre-existing

ROFL

Rolling On Floor, Laughing

ROTF

Rolling On The Floor (laughing is implied)

ROTFLMAO

Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off

ROTFLMFAO

Rolling On The Floor Laughing My F(***ing) My A** Off

RSN

Real Soon Now

r/t

Real Time (also: RT, or rt)

RTFM

Read The "Flippin" Manual (response to beginner question on net, chat, newsgroups, etc.)

RU

aRe yoU?

SEG

S**t Eating Grin

SH

Same Here

SN

Screen Name.  The name or moniker selected by person in an IM or chat program. "

SNAFU

Situation Normal, All "Fouled" Up

SO

Significant Other

SOL

S**t 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

STR8

Straight

STW

Search The Web

SY

Sincerely Yours

SYL

See You Later

TAFN

That's All For Now

TC

Take Care

TFH

Thread From Hell a topic or discussion that won't stop

TGIF

Thank Goodness It's Friday

THX

Thanks!

TIA

Thanks In Advance

TM

Text Message  mostly communications with text on 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

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

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)

WC

WelCome

WEG

Wicked Evil Grin

WEU

What's Eating You?

WFM

Works For Me

WIIFM

What's In It For Me?

WTG

Way To Go

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?

YAA

Yet Another Acronym

YBS

You'll Be Sorry

YL

Young Lady

YM

Young Man

YR

Yea, Right.  (sarcastic)

*ys*

You Stinker

YVW

You're Very Welcome

YW

You're Welcome

 
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