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I see the initials "LOL" used quite a lot in posts. What is that exactly? There are some other initials I have seen used but less often and I can't remember what they are now. Actually, the only initials I recognize are "btw" and it doesn't take an Einstein to figure out what they mean. Back To Work, right? Just kidding. :D


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There is no such thing as a dumb question. Why, I remember when I asked this very same question.

LOL = Laughing out loud

ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing

ROFLMAO = Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off

btw, you did say that you figured out btw, right?

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Jock you are very sweet


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AAMOF as a matter of fact
BBFN bye bye for now
BFN bye for now
BTW by the way
BYKT but you knew that
CMIIW correct me if I'm wrong
EOL end of lecture
FAQ frequently asked question(s)
FITB fill in the blank
FWIW for what it's worth
FYI for your information
HTH hope this helps
IAC in any case
IAE in any event
ICL in Christian love
IMCO in my considered opinion
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion
IMO in my opinion
IOW in other words
LOL lots of luck or laughing out loud
MGB may God bless
MHOTY my hat's off to you
NRN no reply necessary
OIC oh, I see
OTOH on the other hand
ROF rolling on the floor
ROFL rolling on floor laughing
ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing
RSN real soon now
SITD still in the dark
TIA thanks in advance
TIC tongue in cheek
TTYL talk to you later
TYVM thank you very much
WYSIWYG what you see is what you get
<G> Grinning
<J> Joking
<L> Laughing
<Y> Yawning

More Acronym Meanings:

AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
AISI As I see It
AYST Are you still there?
BAK Back at keyboard
BBL Be back later
BF Boyfriend
BOC But of course
BOS/BRS Big orange/red switch
BOT Back on topic
BRB Be right back
BTW By the way
CE Creative editing
CMH Cross my heart
CUL Catch/see you later
CUL8R See you later
CWYL Chat with you later
D&C Duck and cover
DBA Doing business as
DUCWIC Do you see what I see
DYHWIH Do you hear what I hear
E2EG Ear to ear grin
EOD End of discussion
EOL End of lecture
F2F Face-to-face
FAQ Frequently asked questions
FITB Fill in the blank
FOAF Friend of a friend
FTASB Faster than a speeding bullet
FWIW For what it's worth
FYA For your action
FYI For your information
GA Go ahead
GD&R Grinning, ducking, and running
GF Girlfriend
GGN Gotta go now
GIGO Garbage in, garbage out
GIWIST Gee I wish I'd said that
GMTA Great minds think alike
GRUIT Get real you impudent thing
HHOJ Ha ha only joking
HHOK Ha ha only kidding
HTH Hope this helps
IAC In any case
IANAC I am not a crook
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IBM Inadequate, but marketable
ICUR I see you are
IDBI I don't believe it
IDC I don't care
IDTS I don't think so
ILIWTPCT I love it when the plan comes together
ILY I love you
IMBO In my biased opinion
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMI I mean it
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IMVHO In my very humble opinion
INPO In no particular order
IOW In other words
IRL In real life
JAM Just a minute
JIC Just in case
JJ Just joking
KISS Keep it simple, stupid
KWIM Know what I mean?
L8R Later
LLTA Lots and lots of thunderous applause
LOL Laughing out loud
LTNS Long time no see
MCIBTY (SN) My computer is better than yours (so nyah!)
MFG More friendly garbage
MORF Male or female
MOTOS Member of the opposite sex
MOTSS Member of the same sex
MYOB Mind your own business
NBD No big deal
NERD National Establishment for Real Dorks
NIMBY Not in my back yard
NRN No reply necessary
NTL Nevertheless
OATUS On a totally unrelated subject
OIC Oh, I see
OTC Over the counter
OTOH On the other hand
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
OTW On the whole
OWTTE Or words to that effect
POV Point of view
PPP Petty pet peeve
PTMM Please tell me more
PTUM Please tell us more
ROFL Rolling on floor laughing
ROTBA Reality on the blink again
RSN Real soon now
SBT Strange but true
SO Significant other
SOP Standard operating procedure
TANJ There ain't no justice
TANSTAAFL There ain't no such thing as a free lunch
TCB Taking care of business
TCS Take care sweetheart
TGAL Think globally, act locally
TGIF Thank God it's Friday
TIA Thanks in advance
TINALO This is not a legal opinion
TINAR This is not a recommendation
TINWIS That is not what I said
TLA Three letter acronym
TOJ Tears of joy
TOY Thinking of you
TPTB The powers that be
TTBOMK To the best of my knowledge
TTFN Ta-ta for now
TTM To the moderator
TTT That's the truth
TTYL Talk to you later
TTYRS Talk to you real soon
TWIU That's what I understand
TY Thank you
UTC Under the counter
UTT Under the table
WHAK With hugs and kisses
WMRS Write me real soon
WRT With regard/respect to
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
YAOTM Yet another off topic message
YHGASP You have got a serious problem
YWSYLS You win some, you lose some

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NK, Brad.

Actually, there's a whole host of others that are fairly specific to individual communities. Such as:

WTG! = Way to go!
GJ! = Good job!
WD! = Well done!

See those all the time in the quiz chats, for example.

For the most part, other than the laughing acronyms...I see ty, yw, np, cya, brb, btw, omg, gbu and oic more than anything else. I'm a computer geek for sure - but not THAT big of a geek!!!!!

Oh! And every once in a while a Pooh fan who uses TTFN!

No offense ShekharBhargava - don't mean to imply that you are a bigger geek than me by any means! :D

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ShekharBhargava can you fing this acronym for me?




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Actually I think Shek proved that you can take this acronym thing a little too far. If it's that difficult to type so many words, why not either take typing lessons so you don't have to take so many short cuts, or get Dragon Speaking so you don't have to type at all! One can take being clever a little overboard imho:cool: ;)

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C(rose) yavsp


:) :cool:

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If you want to know the truth, Chrose...I couldn't agree more!

That's why I only use a handful and obnoxiously type out many of the shortcuts anyway....

except lol....that is just too handy. HA!

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But I am the most "ancient" one :rolleyes:


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Exactly what I was going to say! A wise person once told me:
"if you don't ask any questions, you sure aren't going to get any answers!!"

And it's true - there is no such thing as a dumb question. I remember the first week online I wondered what the heck that meant too - guess we've all "been there"! So don't worry about asking that one!

After all I saw posted - you're going to be a pro and know more than most! :)
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