Acronyms : Internet’s new Language


Acronyms are words formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as they are spelled, not as separate letters.  Acronyms and abbreviations related to biodiversity concepts, organisations, designations, tools and data. The Internet can be a confusing place, even for someone who is using it every day. Because Internet language evolves every day. In fact, Internet slang words can transform language itself, so you need to know them to get by in real life.

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Common Acronyms Used in Chat

Acroynms are used across every industry, in all walks of life. The world of texting and instant messaging has given rise to a whole new series of acroynms. Check these out and see if you can deciper what they mean.

  1. AFK – Away From Keyboard
  2. BRB – Be Right Back
  3. BBIAB – Be Back In A Bit
  4. BBL – Be Back Later
  5. TTFN – Ta Ta For Now
  6. BBS – Be Back Soon
  7. BTW – By The Way
  8. HAGN – Have A Good Night
  9. KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid
  10. KIT – Keep In Touch
  11. EG – Evil Grin
  12. BEG – Big Evil Grin
  13. NYOB – None of Your Business
  14. OMG – Oh My God
  15. PM – Private Message
  16. POS – Parents Over Shoulder
  17. TTYL – Talk To You Later
  18. LTNS – Long Time No See
  19. SSDD – Same Sh$% Different Day
  20. IDK – I don’t know

Pain In the Ass

Common Acronyms Used in Military/Government

Understanding what is being said in a government or official setting can be difficult. Here are 20 common acroynms used in government and military settings.

  1. AWOL – Absent Without Leave
  2. JROTC – Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
  3. MIA – Missing In Action
  4. POW – Prisoner of War
  5. DAFB – Dover Air Force Base
  6. SWAT – Special Weapons And Tactics
  7. Navy SEALs – Navy Sea Air Land forces
  8. APB – All Points Bulletin
  9. FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  10. OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  11. CIA – Central Intelligence Agency
  12. NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  13. USSR – Union of Soviet Socialist Republic
  14. USA – United States of America
  15. NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement
  16. DelDOT – Delaware Department of Transportation
  17. DMV – Division of Motor Vehicles
  18. CPS – Child Protective Services
  19. RNC – Republican National Committee
  20. CSI – Crime Scene Investigation

Common Acronyms Used in Appreciation

When you want to say the right thing or express your love and appreciation but you are in a hurry, these twenty acronyms can get your point across in just a few letters.

  1. LOL – Laughing Out Loud
  2. LYLAB – Love You Like A Brother
  3. LYLAS – Love You Like A Sister
  4. GMTA – Great Minds Think Alike
  5. ROFL – Rolling On Floor Laughing
  6. LMAO – Laughing my a$s off
  7. TY – Thank You
  8. TYVM – Thank You Very Much
  9. YW – Your Welcome
  10. NP – No Problem
  11. WTG – Way To Go
  12. PHAT – Pretty, Hot, And Tempting
  13. BF – Boyfriend
  14. GF – Girlfriend
  15. GJ – Good Job
  16. SWAK – Sealed With A Kiss
  17. BF – Best Friend
  18. BFF – Best Friends Forever
  19. BFFL – Best Friends For Life
  20. Gr8 – Great

Common Informative Acronyms

Sometimes an acronym can be very useful at giving you advice or essential information. Informative acronyms are used in the medical field, but they certainly aren’t exclusive to health-related subjects, as this list shows.

  1. DOA – Dead On Arrival
  2. AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  3. HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  4. DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education
  5. ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
  6. ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  7. DOB – Date Of Birth
  8. OTC – Over The Counter
  9. CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  10. ASAP – As Soon As Possible
  11. FYI – For Your Information
  12. EST – Eastern Standard Time
  13. PST – Pacific Standard Time
  14. CST – Central Standard Time
  15. PPV – Pay Per View
  16. SSN – Social Security Number
  17. JIT – Just In Time
  18. ADL – Activities of Daily Living
  19. AMA – Against Medical Advice
  20. MD – Medical Doctor
  21. SUV – Sports Utility Vehicle

Common Acronyms Used in Industry

Acronyms are often used in the business world, to idenitfy a business or to create shorthand communication between co-workers.

  1. AKA – Also Known As
  2. DBA – Doing Business As
  3. DND – Do Not Disturb
  4. MBA – Masters of Business Administration
  5. OT – Overtime
  6. POS – Point Of Service
  7. DAEMON – Disk And Execution Monitor
  8. HR – Human Resources
  9. EDS – Electronic Data Systems
  10. NASDAQ – National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation
  11. POP – Post Office Protocol
  12. TNT – Tuner Network Television
  13. TBC – To Be Continued
  14. TBN – Trinity Broadcasting Network
  15. ESPN – Entertainment and Sports Programming Network
  16. CBS – Columbia Broadcasting System
  17. MTV – Music Television
  18. NBC – National Broadcasting Company
  19. ABS – Anti-lock Braking System
  20. ABC – American Broadcasting Company
  21. PBS – Public Broadcasting Service
  22. UFO – Unidentified Flying Object
  23. SD card – Secure Data card

Common Acronyms Used as Identity

Some acronyms identify who you are.

  1. NFL – National Football League
  2. AFL – American Football League
  3. NBA – National Basketball Association
  4. NHL – National Hockey League
  5. AA – Alcoholics Anonymous
  6. AARP – American Association of Retired Persons
  7. MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  8. PGA – Professional Golfer’s Association
  9. SWM – Single White Male
  10. SWF – Single White Female
  11. APA – American Psychological Association
  12. MLA – Modern Language Association
  13. ACS – American Cancer Society
  14. AMA – American Medical Association
  15. ADA – American Dental Association
  16. FLAG – Foreign Language Association of Georgia
  17. PAWS – Progressive Animal Welfare Society
  18. WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment
  19. SPCA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  20. AAAS – American Association for the Advancement of Science

List of Internet Acronyms

Please note: An acronym (from Greek: -acro = sharp, pointed; -onym = name) in its pure form denotes a combination of letters (usually from an abbreviation) which can be used and pronounced as a word. For the sake of clarity and readability, this definition is not always followed within the 2 lists on this page.

Acronyms A to L
2F4U Too Fast For You
4YEO FYEO For Your Eyes Only
AAMOF As a Matter of Fact
ACK Acknowledgment
AFAIK As far as I know
AFAIR As far as I remember / recall
AFK Away from Keyboard
AKA Also known as
B2K BTK Back to Keyboard
BTT Back to Topic
BTW By the Way
B/C Because
C&P Copy and Paste
CU See you
CYS Check your Settings
DIY Do it Yourself
EOBD End of Business Day
EOD End of Discussion
EOM End of Message
EOT End of Thread / .. Text / .. Transmission
FAQ Frequently asked Questions
FACK Full Acknowledge
FKA Formerly known as
FWIW For what it’s Worth
FYI / JFYI (Just) For your Information
FTW Fuck the World / For the Win
HF Have fun
HTH Hope this Helps
IDK I don’t know
IIRC If I Recall / Remember Correctly
IMHO In my Humble Opinion
IMO In my Opinion
IMNSHO In my not so Humble / Honest Opinion
IOW In other Words
ITT In this Thread
LOL Laughing out loud
Acronyms M to Z
MMW Mark my Words
N/A Not Available / Applicable
NaN Not a Number
NNTR No need to Reply
noob n00b Newbie
NOYB None of your Business
NRN No Reply Necessary
OMG Oh my God
OP Original Poster, Original Post
OT Off Topic
OTOH On the other Hand
PEBKAC Problem exists between Keyboard and Chair
POV Point of View
ROTFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing
RSVP Repondez s’il vous plait (French: Please reply)
RTFM Read the fine Manual
SCNR Sorry, could not Resist
SFLR Sorry, for late Reply
SPOC Single Point of Contact
TBA To be Announced
TBC To be Continued / To be Confirmed
TIA Thanks in Advance
TGIF Thanks God, its Friday
THX TNX Thanks
TQ Thank You
TYVM Thank You Very Much
TYT Take your Time
TTYL Talk to you Later
w00t Whoomp, there it is; Meaning “Hooray”
WFM Works for Me
WRT With Regard to
WTH What the Hell / What the Heck
WTF What the Fuck
YMMD You made my Day
YMMV Your Mileage may vary
YAM Yet Another Meeting

List of Text Messaging & SMS Abbreviations

Abbreviations A to L
2moro Tomorrow
2nte Tonight
AEAP As Early as Possible
ALAP As Late as Possible
ASAP As Soon as Possible
ASL Age / Sex / Location?
B3 Blah, Blah, Blah
B4YKI Before You Know it
BFF Best Friends, Forever
BM&Y Between Me and You
BRB Be right Back
BRT Be right There
BTAM Be that as it May
C-P Sleepy
CTN Cannot talk now
CUS See You Soon
CWOT Complete Waste of Time
CYT See You Tomorrow
E123 Easy as 1, 2, 3
EM? Excuse Me?
EOD End of Day
F2F Face to Face
FC Fingers Crossed
FOAF Friend of a Friend
GR8 Great
HAK Hugs and Kisses
IDC I Don’t Care
IDK I Don’t Know
ILU / ILY I Love You
IMU I Miss You
IRL In Real Life
J/K Just Kidding
JC Just Checking
JTLYK Just to Let You Know
KFY Kiss for You
KMN Kill Me Now
KPC Keeping Parents Clueless
L8R Later
Abbreviations M to Z
MoF Male or Female
MTFBWY May the Force be with You
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
N-A-Y-L In a While
NAZ Name, Address, ZIP
NC No Comment
NIMBY Not in my Backyard
NM Never Mind / Nothing Much
NP No Problem
NSFW Not Safe for Work
NTIM Not that it Matters
NVM Never Mind
OATUS On a totally Unrelated Subject
OIC Oh, I See
OMW On My Way
OTL Out to Lunch
OTP On the Phone
P911 Parent Alert
PAL Parents are Listening
PAW Parents are Watching
PIR Parent in Room
POS Parent over Shoulder
PROP(S) Proper Respect / Proper Recognition
QT Cutie
RN Right Now
RU Are You
SEP Someone else’s Problem
SITD Still in the Dark
SLAP Sounds like a Plan
SMIM Send Me an Instant Message
SO Significant Other
TMI Too Much Information
UR Your / You are
W8 Wait
WB Welcome Back
WYCM Will You Call Me?
WYWH Wish You Were Here
XOXOXOX Hugs, Kisses, …


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