If you’re online you probably heard of the abbreviations in the title. These are abbreviations that were cut down to simply make life easier. Instead of typing out:
‘What you doing? I’m really amused right now. Can you believe what this person is doing?’ you can type it as ‘WUD. LOL. WTF is that person doing?’
It can get confusing and slightly off putting if done in numerous combinations. However, it is always nifty to be exposed to the language of the future (I shudder at this). Here is an easy, quick guide to knowing the basics internet lingo.
WTF – What the … FOOL? Okay, fine it’s f%$k (I wonder if Chris will let me get away with this | Chris M: haha). Basically, use this if you’re amazed, shocked, angered, being tortured, mutilated by aliens, having your base destroyed (you get the point)
WUD – As above, it’s what are you doing. What’s up DOG? What’s up DOC? And for the slightly more dodgy part of our society it can mean ‘Wait until Dark’.
LOL – Laugh out Loud. You have other variations you can use laugh my ass off (LMAO), laugh my f-ing ass off (LMFAO). I think you can sense a pattern. The more you laugh, I presume the longer the abbreviations become (or so it would seem).
ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing. ROFLcopter has also become quite popular as well as ROFFLEWAFFLES. Which is why internet lingo can become confusing. There are so many versions for each slang word.
BRB and BBL – Be right back and Be Back Later. General chat terms used when you’re leaving for a short while.
BBIAB – Be back in a bit.
HTH – Hope this helps.
ICYDK – In case you didn’t know.
WTV and W/E – Both of this mean whatever, however I’ve also known it to be used in South Africa as ‘Watching TV’.
HAND – Have a nice day.
Plz, Pls, Plx or Pl0x – Please. Who would think manners were so popular on the internet.
AFAIK – As far as I know.
AYBABTU – All your base are belong to us. Especially useful if you’re into online gaming.
FTW – For the win!
FTL – For the lose!
While these internet slang words are not all of them, they are the most popular and commonly used. What are the most common or outrageous internet slang words you’ve used?
So… ICYDK, HTH. HAND. BBL. =)