Common Internet Abbreviations

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The introduction of primarily text-based communication via the Internet is having a profound effect on every day use of the English language. English speaking people around the world are using an increasing list of acronyms as a form of short-hand to communicate commonly used phrases. However, for people who speak English as a second language, these abbreviations are often unfamiliar. So below is a list of commonly used abbreviations, and what they mean.

Abbreviation List / Glossary

BRB Be Right Back
TTYL Talk To You Latter
LOL Laugh Out Loudly
ROFL Roll On Floor Laughing
AFK Away From Keyboard
BTW By The Way
IMO/IMHO In My Opinion / In My Humble Opinion
ASAP As Soon As Possible
IANAL I am not a Lawyer
PLS Please
FYI For Yor Information
IME In My Experience
AFAIK As Far As I Know
IIRC If I Recall Correctly
RTFM Read The Fine Manual (polite)
WTF What The F*** (very impolite!)

Fun Video

If you know some german, you might enjoy this satiric attempt to use as much abbreviations as possible: