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FUIAs - Frequently Used Internet Acronyms

Acronyms and abbreviations are frequently used in email messages, on message boards, in newsgroups and in chat rooms as a form of digital shorthand. Here is my personal collection of the most popular acronyms that have made their way into the Internet culture over the past few years. Some people collect aluminum foil, others collect string, what can I say?

AAMOF – As A Matter Of Fact
ADN – Any Day Now
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AFK - Away From Keyboard
AOLer - America Online member
AWHK – Ask, Wait; He’ll Know
BAC – By Any Chance
BBL - Be Back Later
BBS - Bulletin Board System
BBFN – Bye Bye For Now
BCNU – Be Seeing You
BOBW – Best Of Both Worlds
BD - Big Deal
BFD - Big Freaking (or something else) Deal
B4N - Bye For Now
BFN - Bye For Now
BOHIC - Bend Over, Here It Comes
BRB - Be Right Back
BTA - But Then Again
BTW - By The Way
BWG – Big Wide Grin
BYKT – But You Knew That
CMIIW – Correct Me If I’m Wrong
CU - See You
CUL - See You Later
CUL8TR - See You Later
CYA - See Ya
CYA - Cover Your ASCII
CYL – See You Later
DIIK – Damned If I Know
DILLIGAFF – Do I Look Like I Give A Flying Flip?
DL – Download
DOM – Dirty Old Man
DQOTD – Dumb Question Of The Day
DTP - Desktop Publishing
DTRT – Do The Right Thing
DYSWIM - Do You See What I Mean?
EMFBI – Excuse Me For Butting In
EOD – End Of Discussion
EOF – End Of File
EOL – End Of Lecture
EOT – End Of Thread
FAQ - Frequently Asked Question
FB - Furrows Brow
F2F - Face To Face
FDROTFL – Falling Down Rolling On The Floor Laughing
FISH – First In, Still Here
FITB – Fill In The Blank
FOAD – Fall Over And Die
FOAF - Friend Of A Friend
FOTCL – Falling Off The Chair Laughing
FTL – Faster Than Light
FUBAR – F***** Up Beyond All Recognition (or “Repair”)
FUBB – F***** Up Beyond Belief
FWIW - For What It’s Worth
FYEO – For Your Eyes Only
FYI - For Your Information
G - Grin (as in )
GAFIA - Get Away From It All
GAL - Get A Life
GD&R - Grinning, Ducking and Running
GIGO - Garbage In, Garbage Out
GIWIST - Gee, I Wish I’d Said That
GOK – God Only Knows
GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike
GR8 – Great
HHTYAY – Happy Holidays To You And Yours
HTH - Hope This Helps
IAC - In Any Case
IAE - In Any Event
IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer
IC - I See
ICOCBW – I Could, Of Course, Be Wrong
ICTUBTIHTKU - I Could Tell You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You
IDK,IDC – I Don’t Know, I Don’t Care
IDTT - I'll Drink To That
IKWUM - I Know What You Mean
IMCO – In My Considered Opinion
IME - In My Experience
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO – In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
IMWTK – Inquiring Minds Want To Know
INPO - In No Particular Order
IOW - In Other Words
IRL - In Real Life
ITSFWI – If The Shoe Fits, Wear It
IYKWIM - If You Know What I Mean
JIC - Just In Case
JTTOITSWPA – Just Threw This One In To See Who’s Paying Attention
KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid
L8R – Later
LA – Laughing Aloud
LLAP – Live Long And Prosper
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
LTMSH – Laughing ‘Til My Sides Hurt
LTNS - Long Time No See
LTNT – Long Time, No Type
MOFM – Male Or Female
MOTOS – Members Of The Opposite Sex
MOTSS – Members Of The Same Sex
MOTAS – Members Of The Appropriate Sex
NBALS – Not By A Long Shot
NORDS - In Other Words
NRN - No Response Necessary or No Reply Necessary
NTYMI – Now That You Mention It
NW - No Way
OAS – On Another Subject
OIC - Oh, I See
OMG - Oh My Gosh!
OTF - On The Floor

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OTOH - On The Other Hand
PBT - Pay Back Time
PITA - Pain In The Ass
PMBI - Pardon My Butting In
PMFBI - Pardon Me For Butting In
PMJI - Pardon My Jumping In
POODL - Passed Out On The Desk Laughing
POV - Point Of View
PTB - Powers That Be
PTMM - Please Tell Me More
ROFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROTB – Right On The Brink
ROTM – Right On The Money
RSN – Real Soon Now
RTFM - Read The Fabulous Manual ("fabulous" may be substituted)
SFLA – Stupid Four Letter Acronym
SIG - Special Interest Group
SITD – Still In The Dark
SNAFU – Situation Normal, All F***** Up
SO - Significant Other
SOB – You’re on your own with this one
SOL - Sooner Or Later
SOP – Standard Operating Procedure
SOW – Speaking Of Which
SWAG – Scientific Wild Assed Guess
SYSOP - SYStem Operator
SYT – Sweet Young Thing
10Q – Thank You
TAFN - That's All For Now
TANJ - There Ain’t No Justice
TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TDM – Too Damn Many
TGIF - Thank God It’s Friday
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TIC – Tongue In Cheek
TINALO – This Is Not A Legal Opinion
TINAR – This Is Not A Recommendation
TJATAW – Truth Justice and the American Way
TLA - Three Letter Acronym
TOBAL – There Oughta Be A Law
TOBG – This Oughta Be Good
TPTB - The Powers That Be
TTBOMK - To The Best Of My Knowledge
TTFN - Ta-ta For Now
TTKSF - Trying To Keep A Straight Face
TTMS – Talk To Me Soon
TTYL - Talk To You Later
TTYS - Talk To You Soon
TYVM – Thank You Very Much
WFM - Works For Me
WTGP - Want To Go Private? (Used in chat rooms)
WYGIWYPF – What You Get Is What You Pay For
WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get (pronounced “Wizzy-Wig”)
YAP – Yet Another Ploy
YAR – Yet Another Rumor
YASQ – Yet Another Stupid Question
YGLT – You’re Gonna Love This
YIU - Yes, I Understand
YL- Young Lady
YM - Young Man
YMBK – You Must Be Kidding
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary

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