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
2F4UToo Fast For You
4YEO FYEOFor Your Eyes Only
AAMOFAs a Matter of Fact
AFAIKAs far as I know
AFAIRAs far as I remember / recall
AFKAway from Keyboard
AKAAlso known as
B2K BTKBack to Keyboard
BTTBack to Topic
BTWBy the Way
C&PCopy and Paste
CUSee you
CYSCheck your Settings
DIYDo it Yourself
EOBDEnd of Business Day
EODEnd of Discussion
EOMEnd of Message
EOTEnd of Thread / .. Text / .. Transmission
FAQFrequently asked Questions
FACKFull Acknowledge
FKAFormerly known as
FWIWFor what it’s Worth
FYI / JFYI(Just) For your Information
FTWFuck the World / For the Win
HFHave fun
HTHHope this Helps
IDKI don’t know
IIRCIf I Recall / Remember Correctly
IMHOIn my Humble Opinion
IMOIn my Opinion
IMNSHOIn my not so Humble / Honest Opinion
IOWIn other Words
ITTIn this Thread
LOLLaughing out loud
Acronyms M to Z
MMWMark my Words
N/ANot Available / Applicable
NaNNot a Number
NNTRNo need to Reply
noob n00bNewbie
NOYBNone of your Business
NRNNo Reply Necessary
OMGOh my God
OPOriginal Poster, Original Post
OTOff Topic
OTOHOn the other Hand
PEBKACProblem exists between Keyboard and Chair
POVPoint of View
ROTFLRolling on the Floor Laughing
RSVPRepondez s’il vous plait (French: Please reply)
RTFMRead the fine Manual
SCNRSorry, could not Resist
SFLRSorry, for late Reply
SPOCSingle Point of Contact
TBATo be Announced
TBCTo be Continued / To be Confirmed
TIAThanks in Advance
TGIFThanks God, its Friday
TQThank You
TYVMThank You Very Much
TYTTake your Time
TTYLTalk to you Later
w00tWhoomp, there it is; Meaning “Hooray”
WFMWorks for Me
WRTWith Regard to
WTHWhat the Hell / What the Heck
WTFWhat the Fuck
YMMDYou made my Day
YMMVYour Mileage may vary
YAMYet Another Meeting

List of Text Messaging & SMS Abbreviations

Abbreviations A to L
AEAPAs Early as Possible
ALAPAs Late as Possible
ASAPAs Soon as Possible
ASLAge / Sex / Location?
B3Blah, Blah, Blah
B4YKIBefore You Know it
BFFBest Friends, Forever
BM&YBetween Me and You
BRBBe right Back
BRTBe right There
BTAMBe that as it May
CTNCannot talk now
CUSSee You Soon
CWOTComplete Waste of Time
CYTSee You Tomorrow
E123Easy as 1, 2, 3
EM?Excuse Me?
EODEnd of Day
F2FFace to Face
FCFingers Crossed
FOAFFriend of a Friend
HAKHugs and Kisses
IDCI Don’t Care
IDKI Don’t Know
ILU / ILYI Love You
IMUI Miss You
IRLIn Real Life
J/KJust Kidding
JCJust Checking
JTLYKJust to Let You Know
KFYKiss for You
KMNKill Me Now
KPCKeeping Parents Clueless
Abbreviations M to Z
MoFMale or Female
MTFBWYMay the Force be with You
MYOBMind Your Own Business
N-A-Y-LIn a While
NAZName, Address, ZIP
NCNo Comment
NIMBYNot in my Backyard
NMNever Mind / Nothing Much
NPNo Problem
NSFWNot Safe for Work
NTIMNot that it Matters
NVMNever Mind
OATUSOn a totally Unrelated Subject
OICOh, I See
OMWOn My Way
OTLOut to Lunch
OTPOn the Phone
P911Parent Alert
PALParents are Listening
PAWParents are Watching
PIRParent in Room
POSParent over Shoulder
PROP(S)Proper Respect / Proper Recognition
RNRight Now
RUAre You
SEPSomeone else’s Problem
SITDStill in the Dark
SLAPSounds like a Plan
SMIMSend Me an Instant Message
SOSignificant Other
TMIToo Much Information
URYour / You are
WBWelcome Back
WYCMWill You Call Me?
WYWHWish You Were Here
XOXOXOXHugs, Kisses, …



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