With the popularity and rise in real-time text-based communications, such as Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging, e-mail, Internet and online gaming services, chat rooms, discussion boards and mobile phone text messaging (SMS), came the emergence of a new language tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media. - fun-with-words.com
Online Jargon (a.k.a. cyberslang, electronic language, e-mail style, geek-speak, hi-tech lingo, hybrid shorthand, netspeak, slang, slanguage, and textese)
Online jargon is the specialized language, chat acronyms, text message shorthand, and technical lingo that is used while communicating in the online world. Like slang, it can develop as a kind of shorthand, to express ideas that are frequently discussed between members of a group, though it can also be developed deliberately using chosen terms.
Here's an example: "My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :-@ kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc." It is translated like this: "My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to
to see my brother, his girlfriend, and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York . It's a great place." New York
Chat Acronyms (a.k.a. Abbreviations, Initialism, Shorthand, Text Messaging Shorthand)
A nickname for abbreviations of words used primarily in chat rooms and while texting or instant messaging, chat acronyms are popular on the Internet as a modern day type of shorthand for common phrases. This type of shorthand is also seen in e-mail messages, newsgroup postings, discussion boards, and in the media in general.
One reason acronyms and shorthand are used so widely is that it's quicker and easier to type a few letters rather than to type the full expression. They're fun (but they can also be naughty)!
The difference between acronyms and shorthand is that with acronyms, you pronounce the letters as a new word (for example, "NATO" is pronounced "na-toe"). In contrast, shorthand pronunciations are like an initialism (a set of initials) in which you say the letters one-by-one (for example, "ESP" is an initialism for "extra sensory perception."
The online practice is to refer to any online shorthand, initialisms, or abbreviations as acronyms.
Another reason to learn "netspeak"
According to Ammon Shea, consulting editor for Oxford University Press, both acronyms and initialisms are a growing part of our everyday language and “Since it is unlikely that they will go away anytime soon," you might as well learn about them.
Acronym – An abbreviation that forms a new word such as NATO (“Na-toe,”
North AtlanticTreaty Organization)
Initialism – An abbreviation in which each letter is capitalized and in which each letter is pronounced, as in RIP (R-I-P, rest in peace) and TMI (T-M-I, too much information).
These examples led me to think about abbreviations I’m more familiar with. I am a member of DAR, an initialism for Daughters of the American Revolution; and I belong to an organization called kNIFVES, an acronym for Northwest Independent Film & Video Entertainment Society. Oh, and I am also a contributor to a blog called WNI, an initialism for Writing North Idaho. (If it was an acronym, it would sound like “whinny” and everyone would think we’re a group of horse lovers.)
As I continued to scroll through the thousands of acronyms, my cynicism eventually evaporated and my love of words overcame my grudging nature to learn a new language at my stage of life; and I began to find the cryptic language both interesting and fun. IMHO, the biggest advantage to using these abbreviations lies in the time-saving ease they offer when communicating - once you learn the pesky little things.
Just a Few Internet Terms
AFAIK – as far as I know
AFAIR - as far as I remember
AFK – away from keyboard
AIAMU - and I'm a monkey's uncle
ATM – at the moment
b/c - because
BBL – be back later – use when offline for longer time than BRB or AFK
BFN – Bye for now
BIO - bring it on
BR – Best regards
BRB – be right back
BTW – by the way
C4N - Caio for now
CTA - call to action
CX - correction
DAMHIKT - don't as me how I know that
EM - Email
EWI - Emailing while intoxicated
FB - Facebook
FWIW – for what it’s worth
GFTD - gone for the day
HTH – hope that helps
HWGA - here we go again
IBIWISI - I'll believe it when I see it
ICYMI – in case you missed it
IDK – I don’t know
IMHO – in my humble opinion
IMO – in my opinion
IRL – in real life
J/K – just kidding
JMO - just my opinion
JSYK - just so you know
LMK – let me know
MBN – must be nice
MITIN – more information than I need
MOF – matter of fact – but be careful with any word that has an “F” in it.
MOS - mom over shoulder
MUBAR – messed up beyond all recognition
NB - Nota Bene. Make sure to read the comments, where there are many great additions.
N1 - nice one
NBIF – no basis in fact
OBX - old battle axe
Orly, O Rly, Rly ORLY – usually sarcastic “Oh, really.”
PCM - please call me
PEBCAK – problem exists between chair and keyboard
RNN - reply not necessary
RTF – read the FAQ
RTQ – read the question
TISNF - this is so not fair
TL;DR – Too long; didn’t read.
TMI – too much information
TTYL – Talk to you later
W/R/T/ – With regards to
YW – you're welcome