Interpreting Common Internet Slangs

By September 19, 2014 February 27th, 2016 Uncategorized

With email and instant messaging becoming the preferred communication method these days, it’s common for internet slangs (i.e. acronyms and other short hand terminology) to creep in to even the most professional of messages. And even if you’re up to snuff on the latest online slangs, there always seems to be a new one requiring a Google search to track down its meaning. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a short list of common and perhaps not‑so‑common slangs to help you decipher your next batch of professional messages.

ABS – absolutely

AFAIK – as far as I know

AISB – as I said before

AIH – as it happens

AKA – also known as

ASAP – as soon as possible

ASAYC – as soon as you can

ATST – at the same time

BAU – business as usual

B@U – back at you

B/C or bcoz – because

BBIAB – be back in a bit

BBL – be back later

BRB – be right back

BTW – by the way

CMU – crack me up

CU – see you

C ya – see ya

CWYL – chat with you later

CYT – see you tomorrow

DK – don’t know

DW – don’t worry

EMA – email address

EOM – end of message

FBM – fine by me

FMI – for more information

FWIW – for what it’s worth

FSBO – for sale by owner

FTC – failure to communicate

FYI – for your interest

GFN – gone for now

GMTA – great minds think alike

GR8 – great

GTK – good to know

GTRM – going to read mail

HSIK – how should I know

HTH – hope this/this helps

HWGA – here we go again

IAC – in any case

IAE – in any event

IOW – in other words

ICYDK – in case you didn’t know

ICYMI – in case you missed it

IRMC – I rest my case

JGB – just got back

JIC – just in case

JJ – just joking

J/K – just kidding

JTUSK  – just thought you should know

JWD – job well done

JWG – just a wild guess

LMKOAP – let me know of any problems

LOL – laugh out loud

N – and

NBD – no big deal

N2G – need to go

OOH – out of hand

OMG – oh my God/goodness

OTOH – on the other hand

O RLY – oh really?

PLZ – please

ROFL – rolling on floor launghing

RSN – real soon now

SLAP – sounds like a plan

SITD – still in the dark

TDS – technical difficulties

TIA  – thanks in advance

THX – thanks

TPTB – the powers that be

WCS – worst case scenario

WTH – what the heck

WRT – with regard/respect to

YMMV – your mileage may vary