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List of Internet slang

Internet slang

This is a list of both complete and abbreviated Internet slang.


1337: Leet, derived from "elite".
A
AFAIK: As Far As I Know
AFK: Away From Keyboard
AIUI: As I understand it
ASAP: As Soon As Possible
ASL: Age / Sex / Location
ATM: At The Moment
AYBABTU: All Your Base Are Belong To Us (from the game Zero Wing). Can also be written as AYBAB2U or abbreviated as AYB
B
B2B: "Business to Business Also Known As Back To Back"
BBL: Be Back Later
BBS: Be Back Soon
BCNU: Be seein' you
Blog: Weblog
BOFH: Bastard Operator From Hell
(Ro)Bot: any type of automated software in chatrooms and Web-cataloging software
BOHICA: Bend Over, Here It Comes Again (from military slang)
BSOD: Blue Screen of Death
BRB: Be Right Back
BRT: Be Right there
BTDT: Been There Done That
BTW: By The Way
C
Cartooney (adj/noun): an unfounded legal threat often involving a non-existent lawyer and used in context of spammers threatening the anti-spam community. See also Barratry.
Crawl: to retrieve a webpage along with the hyperlinks that reference it. Basically, it is what the Spider does to the Web.
CU or CYA: See you (later)
CYA: Cover Your Ass
Cyber - (prefix): term used to connect the subsequent word loosely to the world of computers or the Internet or sex over a computer.
Cyberspace: virtual reality, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other kinds of computer systems. Science fiction author William Gibson coined the term in the novel Neuromancer. Gibson used the word to describe a virtual world of computer networks that his cyberpunk heroes "jacked into."
D
DoS: Denial of Service (a malicious attack on a computer system. Sometimes also called DDOS, for "Distributed Denial of Service".)
DIY: Do It Yourself
E
EoL: End of Line
e- (prefix): term used to connect the subsequent word loosely to the world of computers or the Internet. It stands for 'electronic'.
F
F2F: Face To Face (that is, "in real life")
FFS: For Fuck's Sake
Flamer: one who writes inflammatory posts, also known as an Internet troll
FOAD: Fuck Off And Die
FOAF: Friend Of A Friend
FTW/FTL: For The Win/Loss/Lose. Used to express enjoyment or derision, usually for a tactic in an online game.
FUBAR: Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition/Repair (from military slang; pronounced "foo-bar")
FUD: "fear, uncertainty, and doubt" (the purposeful spread of misinformation)
FWIW: For What It's Worth
FYI: For Your Information
G
Godwin's Law: dictates that the longer a thread, the more likely someone will post a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler.
GMTA: Great Minds Think Alike
GTG: Got To Go (AKA: G2G) and Good To Go
H
HAND: Have a Nice Day
Handle: name used in online chat, (AKA nick(name), alias, screen/user name)
HAGO: Have A Good One(Started By Christine Filer)
Hit: a request made to the Web server, (noun) the results of an internet search, (verb) loading a Web page. Hits are not equivalent to visitors of a webpage.
Home: the website's introduction page, starting point, and guide. The technical term is "index"
Hot List: a collection of publicly available URLS (World Wide Web site addresses), sometimes available as text files. This term is not to be confused with Favorites.
HTH: Hope This/That Helps, Happy To Help
Haxxor: Slang term used to describe one who uses modified (sometimes "hacked") content to beat other players.
Hackzor: Another way to say "Haxxor"
I
IANAL: I Am Not A Lawyer
IAWTC: I Agree With That Comment
IDK: I don't know
IIRC: If I Recall/Remember Correctly
IM : Instant Messaging using a variety of networking software or cellphone hardware/software
IMO: In My Opinion, IMHO: In My Humble Opinion (sometimes 'Honest'), IMNSHO: In My Not So Humble Opinion
Information Superhighway: the Internet (AKA: I-way, infobahn), originated from an Al Gore Speech
IOW: In Other Words
IRC: Internet Relay Chat
IRL: In Real Life
IYKWIM: If You Know What I Mean
J
Jaggy: aliased computer graphics.
JK or j/k: Just kidding
JC: Jesus Christ
K
KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid
KTHX / KTHXBYE: Ok Thanks / Ok Thanks Bye
L
Lag: Slang term for slow Internet speeds or high Internet latency; Lag is sometimes due to a server problem, but more frequently due to the connection between client and server. A slow or intermittent connection may often be referred to as laggy.
Lamer: a know-nothing. One who is lame.
Leet: often spelled l33t or l337, it is a video game slang term which is synonymous to "cool" or "awesome." May originate as an abbreviation to the term 'Elite', the highest rank possible from the computer game of the same name.
LOL: laughing out loud, laugh out loud, lots of laughter
LMAO: laughing my ass off, a variation of the above, with many variations and additional letters in the acronym
LMK: let me know
Lurker: one who frequents a message board without participating in discussions
M
MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
MOTD: Message Of The Day
MUD: "Multi-User Dungeon"
MUSH: "Multi-User Shared Habitat"
MYOB : Mind Your Own Business
N
Newbie, newb, noob, n00b: an inexperienced user of a system.
NIFOC: Naked in Front of Computer
NM: (Sometimes written N/M) No Message or No More, used on Internet forums or e-mails to indicate that everything is already said in the subject line. NM is also Internet slang for Not Much.
NVM: Nevermind
NP: No Problem
O
O RLY: Oh really?
OIC: Oh, I See
Oh noes: a lot of "Oh no"
Op: Operator / Moderator (also SysOp)
OS: "Operating System"
OT: Off Topic
OTOH: On The Other Hand
OMG, OMFG: Oh My God/Gosh, Oh My Fucking God
P
P2P: peer-to-peer, person to person, player to player, programmer to programmer
PEBKAC/PEBCAK: Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair
Ping: are you there?
PITA: Pain In The Ass
PLMK: Please Let Me Know
PM : Personal/Private Message
PWN: A typo-deliberate version of "own," a slang term often used to express superiority over others
Q
QFT: Quoted for truth
R
Rehi (or merely re): hello again
RL: Real Life
RO(T)FL: Rolling On (The) Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO: Rolling On Floor, Laughing My Ass Off
ROTFFLMFAO: Rolling On The Fucking Floor, Laughing My Fucking Ass Off.
RSN: "Real Soon Now" (used sarcastically)
RTFM: Read The Fucking Manual
S
Smiley: emoticon
SNAFU: situation normal, all fucked up (from military slang)
Snail Mail: normal paper mail service
Spider: the program behind a search engine
Spam: Stupid Pointless Annoying Message. junk email. The name was derived from the Monty Python sketch where a woman is continually offered spam (spiced ham) at a small resturant, even though she is asking for something without spam.
STFU:Shut The Fuck Up.
STFW: Search The Fucking Web.
T
TBH: to be honest
TH(N)X: Thanks
TIA: thanks in advance
TINC: there is no cabal (a term discouraging conspiracy theories)
TOS: terms of service
TTBOMK: To The Best Of My Knowledge
TTFN: Ta Ta For Now
TTYL: Talk To You Later
Tweedler: computer geek or someone who plays with themselves at the computer
TYT: Take Your Time
TY: Thank you
U
Uber: Super
V
vgg: after a very good game
W
W/: with, also W/O meaning without
VC: Voice Chat
WB: Welcome Back/Write Back
WHGT: We Have Good Times(Started by Christine Filer)
WTH: What The Heck/Hell?
WTF: What The Fuck
WOMBAT: Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time
WRT: With Respect/Regards To
WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get
W00T: Wee hee! or Whoo! or We Owned (The) Other Team
Y
YA RLY: Yeah really (see O RLY) Best if used as an immediate response to O RLY
YHBT: You have been trolled [35], often followed by "you have lost" (YHL)
YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary (used as a disclaimer for an opinion)
YW: You're Welcome
Z
ZOMG : An escalated way to say "Oh My God" (see OMG).