Thursday, June 22, 2006


There are a lot of abbreviations and acronyms thrown about the internet as if everyone in the world obviously knows what they all mean. They are done to save time, but sometimes are so cryptic or new that nobody save the writer knows what they stand for. So they have to be explained, which saved no one any time. Or ignored, which wastes the time of both readers and the writer.

Here are a few of the more common ones, with the letters represented in the acronyms capitalized:

AFAIK = As Far As I Know
AFK = Away From Keyboard
BRB = Be Right Back
BTW = By The Way
FWIW = For What Its Worth
G2G = Got to Go
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion (also IMO and IMNSHO - not so humble...)
LOL = Laughing Out Loud
NFWS = Not "For Work Safe"
OTOH = On The Other Hand
ROFL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing
TNSTAAFL = There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get

Some are just absurd (nobody is actually rolling on the floor laughing while they type, in fact few actually LOL when they say they are for that matter), some are known from other sources, and some are just odd such as RAEBNC (Read And Enjoyed But No Comment - you just left one, knucklehead).

Although I can see the use of some abbreviations, the very media the internet uses to communicate involves typing, and there's nothing more amusing to me than seeing someone type a 150 word essay in response to a topic then put a few abbreviations in them. If you could type out all the rest, how hard could it be to do those few words? Were you rushed for time?

There are several places you can go to get more of these explained and decrypted:
Internet Abbreviations
More Internet Abbreviations
Internet Smileys :)
Wikipedia article on Internet Slang
Free Internet Dictionary from TuCows (an abbreviation in its self, The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software)
Various Internet terms and definitions, such as what those HTTP Codes are (like 404 page not found)
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Anna Venger said...

A friend directed me to wikipedia for a long list of used abbreviations. I was clueless when I joined the blogosphere a few months ago. But be warned, some are downright crude and rude!

Susan said...

Ah ha!

Thanks for education

I especially liked this one:

..."odd such as RAEBNC (Read And Enjoyed But No Comment - you just left one, knucklehead).

Don't you hate when bloggers visit your site and DON't leave comments!

Christopher R Taylor said...

I average about one content per 30 visitors, not sure exactly how that breaks down for other blogs but I feel happy every time I see any comments.