ARCHIVED: What do BTW, FAQ, FYI, IMHO, RTFM, and other acronyms mean?
These are all abbreviations for specific phrases commonly used in informal written computer correspondence, online forums and boards, and online gaming. Following are some common acronyms and their meanings:
|AFAIC||As far as I'm concerned|
|AFAIK||As far as I know|
|AFK||Away from keyboard|
|BRB||Be right back|
|BTDT||Been there, done that|
|BTW||By the way|
|BUAG||Butt-ugly ASCII graphic|
|C/C||Comments and criticism|
|EOM||End of message|
Frequently Asked Question(s). When people say "the FAQ", they are generally referring to a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Fixed that for you; often accompanied by a correction
|FTW||For the win|
|FWIW||For what it's worth|
|FYI||For your information|
|HTH||Hope this helps|
|IANAL||I am not a lawyer|
|IIRC||If I recall correctly|
|IMHO||In my humble opinion|
|IMNSHO||In my not so humble opinion|
|IMO||In my opinion|
|IOW||In other words|
|l33t or 1337||
From "elite". This has become a term used to describe the informal communication of Internet gaming. L33t speak is easily identified by the substitution of number and other characters for regular letters; e.g., hackers becomes h4XX0rz.
Looking for group, usually used in MMORPGs
|LMAO||Laughing my butt off|
|LOL||Laughing out loud|
Massive multiplayer online role-playing game (e.g., World of Warcraft or Star Wars Galaxies); sometimes shortened to MMO
|MOTAS||Member of the appropriate sex|
|MOTOS||Member of the opposite sex|
|MOTSS||Member of the same sex|
From "newbie", meaning a newcomer not yet familiar with the rules
No text; usually in the subject line of a message with no body
|OMG||Oh my God|
|OTOH||On the other hand|
Usage of the term "own", as in "I PWNed you!"
Cry more, noob (representation of eyes crying, often found in MMORPGs)
Real life, as opposed to the Internet
|ROFL||Rolling on the floor laughing|
Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off
Read the fine manual. This may be interpreted as: "You have asked a question which would best be answered by consulting the manual (or FAQ, or other help files), a copy of which should be in your possession. The question you have asked is clearly answered in the manual and you are wasting time asking people to read it to you." It's good netiquette to mail this type of answer to another user rather than post it in public messages.
Significant other; used to refer to someone's romantic partner
|TBH||To be honest|
|TLA||Three letter acronym|
|TTFN||Ta ta for now|
|TTYL||Talk to you later|
|w00t||An expression of joy|
|WFN||Wrong forum, noob|
|WTF||What the heck|
ARCHIVED: What you see is what you get, pronounced as "wizzywig".
|YMMH||You might mean here|
|YMMV||Your mileage may vary|
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