For those of us who didn’t grow up in the digital age, the seemingly endless list of acronyms (or initialisms if you spell them out) used online can be a little confusing.
Thanks to David Cameron we now know that LOL doesn’t mean ‘lots of love’, but what about the rest of them?
We’ve lined up a few of the usual suspects and attached their definitions, in the hope of easing the headache brought on by your kids’ cryptic messages. Or if you are a kid, feel free to use them and increase your street cred. YAW.
A new language
- BCNU – be seeing you (pretty obvious, right?)
- BRB – be right back. Because if you don’t immediately reply to a message, it can be very distressing for the other person. It’s always best to notify them.
- BTW – by the way
- DAMHIKT – don’t ask me how I know that
- DDAS – don’t do anything stupid
- DM – direct message. For privately messaging someone on Twitter.
- FOMO – fear of missing out
- FTW – for the win. For when something is really good.
- IDK – I don’t know
- ILY – I love you
- IRL – in real life
- IMO – in my opinion
- J/K – just kidding, or joking
- LOL – laugh out loud. For when ‘haha’, just won’t do.
- LMK – let me know
- LMAO – laughing my a*** off. For when LOL just won’t do.
- LYLAB – love you like a brother
- LYLAS – love you like a sister!
- NSFW – not safe for work. Exercise caution before clicking that link - your boss probably won’t approve.
- OMG - oh my God*
- PM – personal message. As in an email, or using an online instant messaging service like WhatsApp of Facebook Messenger.
- ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing. For when LMAO, just won’t do.
- SITD – still in the dark
- SHWASLOMF – sitting here with a straight look on my face
- TBF – to be fair
- TBH – to be honest
- TGIF – thank God it’s Friday
- TLGO – the list goes on. Probably due to TMA
- TMA – too many acronyms
- TMI – too much information!
- TXT – text
- XOXO – hugs and kisses
- YAW – you are welcome
- YOLO – you only live once
Meanwhile in the army...
There's also a handful of terms used online that are based on military slang. For example…
- AWOL – away without leave
- MIA – missing in action
- TWOC – taken without consent
- FUBAR - messed up beyond all recognition (clean version).
(Secret bonus fact: Lord Fisher first used ‘OMG’ in a letter addressed to Winston Churchill during WWI in 1917.)
BTW, if you’ve got any internet acronyms to share with us, please FF2CB (feel free to comment below).