Don't forget to RTFM Internet Acronyms Explained

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Philip Hind

Staff member
Sep 1, 1996
It may help to explain a few common internet acronyms. Some may prove more useful than others!

733t Leet i.e. "elite"
AFAIC As far as I'm concerned
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFAIR As Far As I Remember
AFGO Another Fabulous Growth Opportunity
AFK Away From Keyboard
AFN Another F~n' Newbie
AKA Also Known As
AMFYOYO Adios Mother F~s You're On your Own
ASAP As Soon As Possible
B/C Because
BAK Back At Keyboard
BBL Be Back Later
BFD Big f~in Deal!
BFH Big F~ing Hammer
BFN Bye For Now
BFO Blinding Flash of the Obvious
BIBI Bye Bye
BMW Wanted Mercedes Benz
BMW Boring Man's Wheels
BMW Break My Windows
BO Buffer (Brain) Overload
BOC But Of Course
BOHICA Bend Over Here It Comes Again!
BOKYAG Bend Over and Kiss Your A~ Goodbye
BRB Be Right Back
BTSOOM beats the stuffing out of me
BTW By The Way
BWTHDIK But what the heck do I know?
CHEVROLET Cracked Heads Every Valves Rotten Oil Leaks Every Time
Cheap Heap Every Valve Rattles Oil Leaks Every Time
CHEVY Cheapest Heap Ever Visioned Yet
CTS Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CU See You
CUL8R See You Later
CYA Call Your Attorney
CYA Cover Your A~
DILLIGAF Does It Look Like I Give A F~?
DITYID Did I Tell You I'm Distressed?
DIY Do it yourself
DUBYE Do You Believe Your Eyes
EFLA Extended Four Letter Acronym!
EM Email Me
EMACS Eighteen Megabytes And Continously Swapping
Escape Meta Alt Control Shift
FAQ Frequently Asked Question
FC Fingers Crossed
FCFS First Come First Served
FEAR F~ Everything And Run
FIAT Futile Italian Attempt at Transportation
Fix It Again Tony
FIIOH Forget It I'm Outta Here
FLW Famous Last Words
FMV Full Motion Video
FNG F~in' New Guy/Girl
FOAD F~ Off And Die
FOB F~ off b~ch
FORD Fun On Road Daily
F~ Over Rebuilt Dodge
First On Race Day
F~ On Race Day
Fabricated Of Refried Dung
F~ Owner Really Dumb
Found On Road Dead
Fix Or Repair Daily
For Off Road Driving
driver returns on foot (Ford in reverse!)
FUBAR F~ -Up Beyond All Recognition
FUCT Failed Under Continuous Testing
FUMTU F~ Up More Than Usual
FWIW For What It's Worth
FYI For Your Information
GAFL Get A ~in' Life!
GAGF Go And Get F~
GICOD Good Idea Cut Off Date
GMC Got mechanic coming
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
GR&D Grinning Running & Ducking
GTCTTWW Good things come to those who wait
GTH Go To Hell
GTRM Going To Read Mail
HSIK How Should I Know
HTH Happy To Help
HTH Hope This Helps
IAE In Any Event
IAK Idiot At Keyboard as in "It was an IAK error"
IANA... I am not a ...
IAWYS I Agree With Your Second
IBK Idiot Behind Keyboard
ID--10--T User Error ID10T
IDRGAFF I Don't Reall Give A Flying F~
IHN I Hate Newbies
IIRC If I Recall Correctly
IITYWTMWYBMAD If I Tell You What This Means Will You Buy Me A Drink?
ILF I'll Look Forward
IMCO In My Considered Opinion
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
INAL I'm Not A Lawyer
INMPIY It's No My Problem It's Yours
IOW In Other Words
IRC Internet Relay Chat
IRL In Real Life
IROC Italian Retard Out Cruising
IYD In Your Dreams
IYKWIM If You Know What I mean
J/K Just Kidding
JAFO Just Another ~ Observer
JFYI Just For Your Information
JMO Just My Opinion
KISS Keep it simple stupid
L8R Later
LIFER Lazy Ignorant ~er Expecting Retirement
LMAO Laughing My A~ Off
LMKOAP Let Me Know Of Any Problems
LOEL Laugh(ing) Out Extremely Loud
LOL Laugh(ing) Out Loud
LTNS Long Time No See
MAZDA Mad Assed Zimbabwian Driver Aboard
MEN IN BLACK Men Eating Noodles In Nice Black Leather At Cooking Kates
MIL-TFD-41 Make It Like The ~ Drawing For Once
ML Mailing List
MMP More Money Please
MOPAR My Only Problems Are Repairs
Made Of Parts Allready Ruined
Many Old Parts Assembled Recklessly
Move Over Please Approaching Rapidly
NAN Not Another Newbie
NBD No Big Deal
NE1 anyone
NFI No ~ idea
NFW No ~ Way
NIFOC Nude In Front Of Computer
NIFOK Naked In Front of the Keyboard
NM Never mind
NMP Not My Problem
NOYB None Of Your Business
NP No Problem
NRN No Reply Necessary
OIC Oh I See
OMG Oh My God
OOH Out Of Hand
OOTB Out Of The Box
OTF Out There Flappin'
OTL Out To Lunch
OTOH On The Other Hand
OTP Off Topic Post
OUFC Out of F~g control
PEBKAC Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair
PFM Pure F~g Magic
PITA Pain In The A~
PMFJI Pardon Me For Jumping In
PMJI Pardon My Jumping In
PONTIAC Poor Old Nimrod Thinks It's A Cadillac
POV Point Of View
PPPPPPP Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
PSX Sony Playstation
PTB Powers That Be
PU That Stinks!
RHPAW Road Hard And Put Away Wet
ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLBTC ROFL biting the carpet
ROFLSTC ROFL and scaring the cat
ROFLWMP Rolling on the Floor Wetting My Pants
ROTF Rolling On The Floor
ROTFL Rolling On the Floor Laughing
ROTFLMAO Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A~ Off
ROTFLOL Rolled on the Floor Laughing Out Loud
RSN Real Soon Now
RTFM Read The F~g Manual (or Message)
RTM Read The Manual (or Message)
SAAB S~y Aeroplane Accident Byproduct
SEP Someone Else's Problem
SFA Sweet F~ all
SGI She'd Get it!
SITD Still In The Dark
SLAP Sounds Like A Plan
SNAFU Situation Normal - All F~d-Up
SOGWPIP Silly old grandma with pictures in purse
SOL Smiling Out Loud
SOSDD same old s~t different day
SWAG Scientific wild a~ guess
SYSTT See you same time tomorrow
TANJ There Ain't No Justice
TANSTAAFL There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TARFU Things Are Really F~d Up
TBH To Be Honest
TGIF Thank God Its Friday
THX Thanks
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TLA Three-Letter Acronyms
TLTBT Too Ludicrous To Be True!
TMTOWTDI There's More Than One Way To Do It (pronounced "tim-toady")
TPTB The Powers That Be
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
TTYL Talk To You Later
Txs Thanks or Texas
TY Thank you
UHSE User Head Space Error
VPL Visible Pantie Line
WAB What A B~d!
WB Welcome back
WFO Wide F~g Open
WGFF? Who Gives A Flying Flood?
WIC Where I'm Concerned
WIMP Washed-up Information Media Phobe
WOA Work Of Art
WOB Waste of Bandwidth
WRT With respect to
WTF What The F~
WTFIGO What The F~ Is Going On?
WTH What The Heck
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
YAM Yet Another Meeting
YCHT You can have them
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
YW You're welcome

Diane Ostrow

May 19, 2001

Dave Gittins

Mar 16, 2000
MICROSOFT = Most Intelligent Customers Realise Our Software Only Fools Teenagers.

MACINTOSH = Most Applications Crash If Not The Operating System Hangs.

See how unbiased I am!
Dec 13, 1999
Thanks Phil, at least this explains why I never seem to have any close friends! And I always thought that it was simply that I'm so boring!

Dave Hudson

Apr 25, 2001

What about the Titanic related acronyms? (true, they aren't quite as funny, but still useful for a Titanic Message Board)


Kate Bortner

May 17, 2001
That sounds good. Let's see those Titanic acronyms. Start with ANTR (even though I knew the book, I was baffled initially when I saw it here) Come on, Philip, you can do it!!!!
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