FYI: Internet Acronyms

Even if you think that all the internet acronyms and emoticons out there are ridiculous (as many of them are), like it or not, they pop up everywhere:  texts, e-mails, instant messages, blogs and chat postings.  I don’t use them much myself, but it is nice to know what other people are talking about.

Here’s a list of common acronyms to get you started, plus a couple searchable databases for anything else you may encounter.

A database of internet acronyms.

A database of emoticons.

BBL Be Back Later
BFF Best Friend Forever
BOT Back On Topic
BTW By The Way
CU See You
CWYL Chat With You Later
DK Don’t Know
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FYI For Your Information
GNO Girls Night Out
GTG Got To Go
IAC In Any Case
IBTD I Beg To Differ
IC I See
ID I Don’t Know
IME In My Experience
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
INPO In No Particular Order
KIT Keep In Touch
MEGO My Eyes Glaze Over
MOF Matter Of Fact
NOYB None Of Your Business
NP No Problem
NQA No Questions Asked
NTIM Not That It Matters
NTW Not To Worry
OB Obligatory
OMG Oh My God
OTL Out To Lunch
OTT Over The Top
PTMM Please Tell Me More
ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing
RTBM Read The Bloody Manual
RTFAQ Read The Frequently Asked Questions
SLM See Last Mail
THX Thanks
TTYL Talk To You Later
WAEF When All Else Fails
WB Welcome Back
WTG Way To Go

-Angela Skinner Mullen

Angela Skinner Mullen
Angela leads a caffeine-fueled life chasing her kids around town. She holds degrees in Communications and Marketing, and worked in marketing management in both publishing and technology fields before going freelance. While some think she is obsessive-compulsive about correct usage and grammar, she prefers to think of herself as paying great attention to detail. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two kids, two cats, a frog, and a very large dog. Most likely to be found working from a Coffee Bean in Los Angeles, laptop on and latte in hand.

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